Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a new image (12 Sept. 2015)
*** More Images of Comet 67P here! ***
On 12 Sept. 2015, early in the morning, we wanted to observe Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko again, after a couple of weeks after our previous visit, 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 nineteen, 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 25 deg above the eastern horizon, at twilight. The comet is showing very well, with a nice and large coma and a beautiful tail.
There is some interference from the light of the extremely bright planet Venus
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