Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Ara (Ara)  ·  Contains:  NGC 6352  ·  The star ιAra
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Comet PanSTARRS above the Milky Way‏, 


            José J. Chambó
Comet PanSTARRS above the Milky Way‏
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Comet PanSTARRS above the Milky Way‏

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: FSQ-106ED

Imaging cameras: STL-11000M

Dates:June 30, 2016

Frames: 3x120" (6')

Integration: 6'

Avg. Moon age: 25.14 days

Avg. Moon phase: 20.31%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1141981

RA center: 17h 22' 2"

DEC center: -48° 31' 22"

Pixel scale: 11.569 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.408 degrees

Field radius: 2.317 degrees

Resolution: 620x413

Locations: Siding Spring - NSW (Australia), Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia


Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) imaged on June 30 2016, a week after its maximum approach to Earth and moving away toward outer of Solar System, the comet suddenly has lost its ion tail, remaining only the dust trail behind its orbit (tail type III).

In this wide field image the comet appears above a dense zone of the Milky Way between constellations Scorpius and Ara with its tail projected towards the globular cluster NGC 6352. The brightest star at upper is Iota Arae and down-left can be perceived the glow of the near star Alpha Arae of magnitude 2.8.

Posted in my Blog Cometografia.es


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Comet PanSTARRS above the Milky Way‏, 


            José J. Chambó

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