Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a new image (06 June 2016)

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: 06 June 2016

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: 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.

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