Comet 46P/Wirtanen: an image (7 Nov. 2018)

We imaged comet 46P/Wirtanen again, after almost one month of cloudy weather. It is now much brighter, on its way to become our Christmas 2018 comet!

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 7 Nov. 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 7 Nov. 2018

The image above comes from the average of 13, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion comet Wirtanen, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.

At the imaging time, the comet was very low, about 15 deg. above the Southern horizon.

We scheduled a double live, online event to share this comet with the community.

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