Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) on Nov 8, 2015

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) on Nov 8, 2015

Image of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) captured on Nov 8, 2015 between 3:00 and 4:00 UT. Image taken with a 17 inches telescope for a total exposure time of approximately 50 minutes. Comet Johnson is currently at a distance of 866 million km from the sun, approximately of magnitude 17. It is expected to become…

Comet 2013 UQ41

Image of Comet 2013 UQ4

This image of Comet 2013 UQ4 taken on Jun 28 2014 is the result of combining 19 different exposures, 90 seconds each, for a total integrated exposure of about 28 minutes. 2013 UQ4 is an interesting object because, at discovery in October 2013, it was initially classified as an asteroid, but started showing a comet-like behavior few…

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques), Apr 6 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) captured on 6th April 2014. This image (total exposure is 7 minutes and 30 seconds) shows a large coma and evident tail. The comet is quite close to the Earth (144.5 million kilometers) and the motion with respect of the background stars is quite evident even in short exposures. Comet Jacques…

Comet C/2013 A1

Image: Comet C/2013 A1 on Feb 23 2014

This image is the result of stacking 3 different exposures, 300 seconds each, taken using the iTelesope’s T13 instrument. It is possible to see here Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) (between the two red markers) as it appears on February 23 2014. The image is shown in negative to make more evident some small and faint detail…

Rosetta approaching comet 67P

Follow Rosetta Approaching Comet 67/P on TheSkyLive

After the successful wakeup following the deep space hybernation on January 20 2014, Spacecraft Rosetta is now completing the final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft is still 5 million kilometers from the Comet, and the approach period will last until May-June 2014. However, seen from Earth, the two objects are apparently very close, such that…

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine's Day

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine’s Day

Image of Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy taken on Feb 14 2014. This image is the result of a 240 seconds exposure captured using telescope T24 (0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph) of the iTelescope.net service. After having passed it perihelion on Dec 22 2013, Comet Lovejoy is currently moving away from the Sun, being right now between the…

C/2012 X1, IC 4665, Beta Ophiuchi

C/2012 X1, IC 4665 and Beta Ophiuchi

This image, taken on Jan 26 2014, shows Comet C/2012 X1 passing through open cluster IC 4665 in the constellation of Ophiucus. Open cluster IC 4665 is the small group of bright stars just in front of the comet, while the bright star on the right is Beta Ophiuchi (Celbalrai), magnitude 2.75. Comet C/2012 X1 is currently approaching…