Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami fragmentation: a new image (30 Mar. 2016)

Comet 332P Ikeya-Murakami: fragments a, c, h, g?. 30 Mar. 2016

Comet 332P Ikeya-Murakami: fragments a, c, h, g?. 30 Mar. 2016

More than one month after our previous visit, we wanted to observe comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami (formely designed P/2010 V1). This comet experimented a large fragmentation, with several pieces detected.

The image above comes from 26, 300-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 the apparent motion of the comet during the exposures. The sky was a bit hazy. Possibly, four fragments (properly labeled in the image) were detected. In the insert on the bottom right emphasizes a possible anti-tail.

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