Comet 17P/Holmes: a new image (11 Feb. 2015)
After its late Jan. outburst, comet 17P/Holmes was imaged again via the Virtual Telescope. There was room for very few images, as clouds were soon back in the sky.
The image above comes from the average of three, 180-seconds unfiltered exposures, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent rate of the comet. The image scale is 1.8″/pixel. The comet shows as a pale ghost in the center of the image, with a stellar central condensation, much fainter than ten days earlier.
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