Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring: an image (18 Feb. 2015)

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring: 18 Feb. 2015

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring: 18 Feb. 2015

You should remember this comet, C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. It made history last October, when it approached planet Mars within a very short, record distance, under our eyes.

After a few months after our previous observations, last night we spotted this comet again, although in less than ideal conditions, while the twilight at dawn was already quite strong.

The image above comes from the average of two, 180-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The object is still nice and bright, so we plan further observations in the near future.

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