Comet C/2013 V5 cruising the Jellyfish Nebula

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Comet C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden) is currently very faint, beyond magnitude 17. During the last few days it has been transiting across IC 443, also known as the Jellyfish Nebula, offering the opportunity to capture interesting images. That’s why I’ve decided to point the T21 telescope of the to it this night.

The following image is a composition of 2 different captures, 180 seconds each, taken in the early morning of January 9. The comet is visible at the center of the yellow circle. The nebula on the left is IC 443, probably the remnant of a supernova exploded thousands of years ago. The bright star on the right is Eta Geminorum, magnitude 3.3.

Comet C/2013V5, the Jellyfish Nebula and Eta Geminorum

The following image is a full resolution crop, and it is showing more details about the comet. For reference a comparison image of the same region from the DSS sky survey is included below. Something similar to a small tail of Comet C/2013 V5 seems to be visible in this more detailed, enlarged view.

C/2013 V5 detail

Comet C/2013 V5 was discovered on November 12, 2013 by Michel Ory at the Oukaimeden Observatory in Marrakech. It is currently distant 590 million kilometers from the sun. It will reachh its perihelion in September 2014, at a distance of 0.6 astronomical units. The hope is that it will become bright enough to become at least a binocular object.

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