Comet 46P/Wirtanen: a new image – 26 Dec. 2018

We continue following up comet 46P/Wirtanen, still a great sight up there. We are pleased to share with you our latest image.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 26 Dec. 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: 26 Dec. 2018

* NB: versione in Italiano qui *

The image above comes from the average of eight, 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.

The comet is still quite bright. As usual, we concentrated on the inner coma, where the nucleus is placed, carefully processing our images to assure the best vision. You can see our past images of the same object here.

We plan to follow comet 46P intensively, so stay tuned!

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

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