Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: a new image (7 Aug. 2014)

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 7 Aug. 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 7 Aug. 2014

Thanks to a great sky, at the Virtual Telescope we imaged comet C/2014 E2 Jacques again this morning, remotely

The image above comes from the average of 10, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the  17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet. At the imaging time, the comet was at less than 40 degrees above the horizon, but the sky was very clear and the ion tail is amazingly well visible, with many  intriguing details. Comparing this image with the one from the previous morning, the rapid changes of this comet are really apparent.

The image was carefully processed and nonlinear stretching was used to show both the bright central condensation and faint tail details.

The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.

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