Comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann: evolution after a bright outburst (21, 22 and 23 Nov. 2020)

After a couple of years since our previous visit, we imaged comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann again, covering its evolution for a couple of nights, after one of its  typical outbursts.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann: 21, 22 and 23 Nov. 2020.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann: 21, 22 and 23 Nov. 2020.

Each of the three images above come from the average of five, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope.

As you can see, after the outburst comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann develops a very interesting coma (with a shape which is very typical for this object in this bright justify). You can check our Dec. 2018 outburst image, as well as a Sept. 2018 ordinary image. This comet undergoes these brightness increase regularly, every ~ two months. It is one of the most intriguing comets we know, being unique.

We plan to image it again these next nights, even if the Moon is getting very bright.

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