Cometary activity in (457175) 2008 GO98: follow-up image (21 July 2017)
We managed to capture new images of (457175) 2008 GO98, the Hilda-type asteroid recently turned comet. It still show a little coma, so the activity is still ongoing.
The image above is the average of nine, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
(457175) 2008 GO98 is in the center of the image and shows an evident fuzzy aspect, so it is still active. The magnitude of the condensation is about 18.5.. All around you see other fuzzy objects, they are background galaxies.
We will continue tracking this object and see how it will evolve. You can compare this observation with our previous one, a few days ago.
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