Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard: a image – 28 Oct. 2021.

In a few weeks, the public will hopefully become familiar with comet C/2021 A1 Leonard: there are chances to easily see this comet by naked eye, even if under less than optimal conditions. Meantime, here it is an image from this morning.

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard. 28 Oct. 2021.

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard. 28 Oct. 2021.

The image above comes from the average of 11, 120-second 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 C/2021 A1 Leonard, so stars left short trails on the background.

As we can see, the coma is, at least, 4 arc-minutes wide. A clear description of what we can expect next Dec. about this comet can be found on this nice article by Bob King on Sky and Telescope.

Needless to say, we will closely monitor this interesting and promising object, keeping in mind how comet can easily under- or overperform respect to predictions.

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