Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto and spiral galaxy NGC 2903: image and stunning video (13 Feb. 2019)

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto had a great meeting with the spiral galaxy NGC 2903. We could share this show with thousands of people via our live feed and here we present a stunning video from the event, as well as the podcast of the feed. Enjoy!

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto: 13 Feb. 2019

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto: 13 Feb. 2019

The image above comes from the sigma clip combination of 10, 180-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 C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.8″/pixel. The ion tail is easily detected on the SE (upper left) direction.

We scheduled a live feed sharing the special appulse (the apparent, prospective encounter) involving comet Iwamoto and the spiral galaxy NGC 2903, making happy thousands of people.

A screenshot from the live feed

A screenshot from the live feed

Honestly, seeing the comet approach the galaxy was a super experience, this is why we wanted to share here the video grabbing the climax below.

If you are interested, here you will find the complete video from the live event:

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