Vesta and Ceres conjunction on Jul 4 2014

Vesta and Ceres conjunction

One of the reasons why I have built The Sky Live, and in particular the ‘live tracker’ feature using real deep sky photos from DSS, was to be able to easily spot interesting and beautiful juxtapositions of Solar System objects and other deep space objects, like a comet passing close to a galaxy, a globular…

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…

Supernova SN2014R in UGC 5055

The Supernova in UGC 5055

The tiny barred spiral galaxy at the center of this image is called UGC 5055 (UGC is the acronym for “Uppsala General Catalogue of Galaxies”, a catalog containing about 13000 galaxies in the northern emisphere) and the bright dot very very close to the nucleus is a recently discovered supernova (discovery date February 8), now…

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…