Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan: an image (2 Jan. 2019)

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan orbits the Sun with a period of 6.56 years. Its last perihelion passage happened on 11 Dec. 2018. We are pleased to share with you this image.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan: 2 Jan. 2019

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan: 2 Jan. 2019

The image above comes from the sigma combination of seven, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of Comet 60/P, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.

The comet show a nice, little tail pointing NW. We plan to observe it again in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.

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