Comet 46P/Wirtanen show: a new image (8 Dec. 2018)

We imaged comet 46P/Wirtanen again on 8 Dec. 2018, under very good sky conditions and we are pleased to share this new close-up of the comet with you.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 8 Dec. 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 8 Dec. 2018

* NB: versione in Italiano qui *

The image above comes from the average of seven, 240-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.

This close-up captured the inner coma and the false nucleus (on the bottom left), under very good sky conditions. Images were carefully processed to preserve the delicate visibility of the coma and its core. You can see our past images of the same object here.

We plan to follow comet 46P intensively and we will also share it live, online, soon, so stay tuned!

NB: we have here a quick guide for you to observe comet Wirtanen personally!

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