Saturday, December 22, 2018

46P/WIRTANEN Taken by José J. Chambó on December 10, 2018 @ Mayhill, USA

46P/Wirtanen @ December 10,2018 06:16 UT

Comet 46P/Wirtanen shows in this wide field image taken on December 10th 2018 a huge coma with 1.5 degrees of angular size, three times the size of Moon seen from Earth. With a global integrated brightness at least in magnitude 4, as reference the brightest star to right is 94 Ceti with magnitude 5. The inner coma contrasts exhibing a whitish color, also the faint tail toward northeast (to down-left). The field appears scattered with tiny galaxies, some visible through comet atmosphere.

Acquisition details:
Telescope Takahashi FSQ-106ED f/5.0.
Camera SBIG STL-11000M.
15 min. total exposure.
Remotely from Mayhill, New Mexico (USA).

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