Comet C/2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS: a new image – 5 Apr. 2024.

We are pleased to share a new image of comet C/2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS, on its way to the perihelion (next 27 Sept. 2024).

Comet C/2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS: 5 Apr. 2024.

Comet C/2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS: 5 Apr. 2024.

The image above comes from the sigma-clipping combination of six, 300-second exposures, unfiltered and unguided, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the motion rates of the comet.

Comet  C/2023 A3 displays a nice coma and a clear tail pointing NE. It s interesting to compare images collected during our follow-up activities.

Comet C/2023 A3 was discovered on 9 Jan. 2023. Since it was announced, it was clear that this icy world might reach naked eye visibility late in Sept. 2024, with chances to be remarkable.

We will keep an eye and it and will schedule a live feed in due time.

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