Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: a new image (18 Aug. 2014)

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 18 Aug. 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 18 Aug. 2014

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At Virtual Telescope Project, we observed the comet C/2014 E2 Jacques again, thanks to a few nights of clear sky in a row.

The image above comes from the average of 6, 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 around 40 degrees above the horizon: the ion tail is showing pretty well, with many  intriguing details.

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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