Monday, February 27, 2012

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd near NGC 6015 - February 26, 2012

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd imaged with iTelescope T14 on February 26 close to the Galaxy NGC 6015. Stack of 5 images 120 sec each, stretched with FITS liberator and stacked then summed with imageJ (click to embiggen, it's a bit big but worth it) with a light despeckle.

Comet Garradd is still going strong, on the 26th of February it passed this very nice little galaxy NGC 6015. You can see quite a bit of detail in the two tails, especially the one heading off to the bottom (I think this is the ion tail).

But there is more to come, on the 2nd of March it will pass across the face of the Ursa Minor Dwarf galaxy. Lets hope the skies stay clear for this encounter.


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