Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Post by rwilkinson » Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:17 pm

This awkward-to-pronounce comet is the one around which the ESA Rosetta probe has been in orbit for more than a year, but it's now becoming visible (or at least image-able) from the Northern hemisphere. It's in the constellation of Leo, so you'll need to be up in the early hours to have a chance - but as a bonus you can have a look at the nearby grouping of Jupiter, Venus & Mars too! :idea:

Last night the Bradford Robotic Telescope (on Tenerife) got its first picture of the comet:
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Comet 67P on 30-Oct. This is a single 3-min exposure from the BRT Galaxy Camera (C14 at f/5.3)
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And here's a finder-chart (from the C2A program) showing its passage Eastward through Leo in November:
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Finder chart for 67P in November 2015
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Re: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:27 pm

I got another picture of the comet this morning from the Bradford Robotic Telescope's Galaxy Camera:
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67P on 22-Nov. 150 + 120-sec with C14 at f/5.3.
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The tail is clear enough, but there's no sign of the Rosetta spacecraft in orbit. ;)
I don't know what that nebulous smudge is to the West of the comet, but it also appears on the Deep Sky Survey plate, so it's definitely something in the sky.

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