Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF: a new image and time-lapse – 29 Jan. 2023

We observed comet C/2022 E3 ZTF while it continues to slowly approach us and brightening, ready to show it live to the world. Enjoy this image and time-lapse.

 Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF. 29 Jan. 2023.

Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF. 29 Jan. 2023.

* See comet C/2022 E3 ZTF live here! *

The image above comes from the sigma-clipping combination of 25, 60-second exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project. Such a combination technique dramatically reduces the interference of stars on the comet. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of comet C/2022 E3 ZTF, this is why stars left trails on the background. The image was processed to show both the bright region and the faint ion tail at their best.

Using the single frames we have, we created the short animation below, showing evolution along the tail.

 Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF: a time-lapse. 29 Jan. 2023.

Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF: a time-lapse. 29 Jan. 2023.

We will show this comet live, online again on the day of its flyby with the Earth!

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