Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: a new image (23 Aug. 2014)

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 18 Aug. 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: 23 Aug. 2014

After the detailed sight of the night before, when the ion tail was less apparent than on previous observations, comet C/2014 E2 Jacques was observed again and the ion tail was bright (but narrower) again.

The image above comes from the average of 9, 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. Interestingly, a couple of hours later, while the sky was unchanged and the comet was even better, higher placed above the horizon, the tail was fainter again. Truly an “alive” comet!

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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