Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels: an image (10 Dec. 2018)
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels reached its perihelion early last Nov.: here it is an image, showing it well active.
The image above comes from the average of five, 180-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 of comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
In August, this comet had a bright outburst. We observed it in Sept. and plan to track it for a while.
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