Image of Comet C/2012 V2 LINEAR on Dec 30 2013

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Comet C/2012 V2 is currently visible in the southern emisphere in the constellation of Circinus. This image has been captured on Dec 30 2013 with the T30 instrument (0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) of the service. Exposure time was 180 seconds using the Luminance filter.

C/2012 V2 LINEAR

C/2012 V2 LINEAR

The comet is currently quite faint, latest observations reported it being of 15.6 nuclear magnitude (CAO, San Pedro de Atacama). In this image it appears immersed in the rich star field of the Circinus constellation, surrounded by a subtle nebulosity.

C/2012 V2 is currently moving away from Sun and Earth (current distance from Earth is 416 million kilometers) having passed perihelion in August 2013.