Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  Solar system body or event
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Wild-2 Comet, 



    
        

            José J. Chambó
Wild-2 Comet
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Wild-2 Comet, 



    
        

            José J. Chambó
Wild-2 Comet
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade ETX-70

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT

Mounts: LXD75

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Bresser Skylux 70/700

Guiding cameras: Human Hand-guided

Software: DeepSkyStacker  ·  PixInsight LE


Dates:April 9, 2010

Frames: 8x90" (12') ISO1600

Integration: 12'

Darks: ~9

Flats: ~10

Bias: ~13

Avg. Moon age: 24.90 days

Avg. Moon phase: 22.36%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00

Mean SQM: 20.30


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4344968

RA center: 14h 12' 56"

DEC center: -5° 27' 7"

Pixel scale: 2.851 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 87.423 degrees

Field radius: 0.649 degrees


Resolution: 1280x1024

Locations: Hoya Redonda - Valencia (Spain), Enguera, Valencia, Spain

Data source: Unknown

Description

The periodic comet Wild-2, discovered on 1978 by switzerland astronomer Paul Wild. It was overflown by NASA space prove Stardust on year 2004, this furthermore to take photografies your nucleus, returned to Earth two years later wiht samples of its coma. Their analisis has discovered presence of aminoacids, wich support the "panspermia" hypothesis: life ingredients are made in space, there are plenty and come to planets aboard metorites and comets.

I took this image on the maximum approaching of comet to Earth after its 2010's perihelium. Placed in Virgo, with a magnitude near 9, and a coma diameter of 6 minutes, it can see moreover a wide and fuzzy dust tail of 20 minutes of longitude. At upper left, the NGC 5493 galaxy shine at 11.4 magnitude.

More info into the Blog  C O M E T O G R A F I A(in Spanish)

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Wild-2 Comet, 



    
        

            José J. Chambó

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