Contains: Comet, M 14, NGC 6402

Image of the day 04/14/2016

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Comet 252P and M14 on the Milky Way

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ-106ED

Imaging camera: STL-11000M

Resolution: 1200x800

Dates: April 5, 2016

Frames: 4x240"

Integration: 0.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 5.79% job: 1028560

RA center: 263.780 degrees

DEC center: -3.647 degrees

Pixel scale: 11.713 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -87.665 degrees

Field radius: 2.346 degrees

Locations: Mayhill - New Mexico (USA), Mayhill, New Mexico, United States


After approaching to 0.036 AU to Earth, the comet 252P/LINEAR has had an outburst that have triggered an oversized coma of 1 degree and has increased its brightness until magnitude 6, being observable at naked eye from dark skies. When was taken this image on April 5th, 2106 the comet passed close to M14, a globular cluster on the Milky Way in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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José J. Chambó

Sky plot

Sky plot


Comet 252P and M14 on the Milky Way, José J. Chambó

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