Comet 144P/Kushida: an image – 3 Feb. 2024

We present a close-up of the comet 144P/Kushida, showing its inner coma.

Comet 144P/Kushida: 3 Feb. 2024

Comet 144P/Kushida: 3 Feb. 2024

The image above comes from the average of 6, 300-second exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the C14+Paramount ME+ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the comet. A faint tail is pointing in the E-N-E direction.

Comet 144P reached its perihelion on 25 Jan. 2024 and it is a Jupiter family comet.

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