Table: Comets in 2014

Comets in 2014

During 2014 there will be 73 comets  passing their perihelion (data from JPL Horizons). This table lists all these comets, including the date of their perihelion passage and the expected maximum brightness in 2014 (estimated total magnitude). All the comets which are expected to become brighter than magnitude 16 during 2014 have been added to…

C/2013 V1 (Boattini) on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 Boattini on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 (Boattini) captured on a 300 seconds exposure on Dec 29 2013. The comet is currently 220 million kilometers from Earth and 331 million kilometers from the Sun. It appears very small, around 11th magnitude when compared with nearby stars, probably a bit brighter than JPL ephemerides prediction for total magnitude, which is…

Comet C/2012 X1 on Dec 28 2013

Image: Comet C/2012 X1

Comet C/2012 X1 imaged on Dec 28 2013. This image is the result of stacking 6 different luminance exposures, 120 seconds each. Stacking and deconvolution performed with MaxIM DL, final adjustments done with Adobe Photoshop. C/2012 X1 is currently approaching perihelion, which will be reached on Feb 21 2014. Additional resources: C/2012 X1 information C/2012 X1…

Comet 290P/Jager on Dec 23 2013

Image: Comet 290P/Jager

This image captured on Dec 23 2013 using iTelescope Telescope 11 (508mm diameter, f/4.5), shows periodic comet 290P/Jager close to Star Hipparcos 31771 (magnitude 5.57). The viewing conditions were not ideal because of the presente of the Moon, and also the telescope focus turned out to be not perfect in this image. Comet 290P is…