Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: a new image – 15 Jan. 2024

Here it is comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, while approaching the Sun. It shows a faint tail.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: 15 Jan. 2024.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: 15 Jan. 2024.

The image above comes from the average of 5, 120-second unfiltered exposures, remotely taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. The resulting master frame was carefully processed to show the faint tail.

The comet is crossing the Milky Way, with an amazing density of stars and dark/bright nebulae, as clearly visible from the background. At the imaging time, comet 12P was only 30 degrees above the NW horizon and quickly setting.

We will continue monitoring comet 12P/Pons-Brooks over the next weeks.

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