Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a new image (06 June 2016)
After almost two months from our previous observations, at Virtual Telescope we wanted to observe comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko again, while it is getting fainter and fainter. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the target of theESA Rosetta space mission.
This image above comes from the average of six, 300-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 left trails on the background. A faint tail is visible, extending at least for 6 arcminutes. On the right, a negative palette, helps displaying that feature.
Support The Virtual Telescope Project!
If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive unique, LIMITED EDITION set of images of stunning Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 1998 OR2, images of the International Space Station above Rome and more, specifically made for supporters like you!
donate now (you can adjust the amount later)