Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a new image (23 Aug. 2015)

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a image (23 Aug. 2015)

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a image (23 Aug. 2015)

For the third time, we imaged comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko again, under good sky conditions. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the target of the ESA Rosetta space mission, which released there its module Philae.

This image above comes from the average of eleven, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of the comet, so stars are trailing while the comet is perfectly visible in the center. The target was only at 20 deg above the eastern horizon, at twilight. The comet is showing very well, with nice, visible coma and tail.

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