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 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…

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…

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…