Comet Temple 1 - Before the Impact

Periodic Comet in Virgo

Uploaded 6/10/05

 This 10.5 magnitude object currently resides near the planet Jupiter in the sky, in the contellation of Virgo. Due to be impacted on July 4th with a washing machine sized copper slug from an approaching spacecraft, the comet currently displays a pale greenish color, and a short 5 arcminute tail. Note that while the individual color frames have been combined with the comet registered to track the moving comet, only the largest images have a hint of color separations on the individual RGB frames. This is because the comet is moving relatively slow, and the subframes of 1 minute each were close enough together with my new 8 second downloads to blur the gap. So the stars appear basically white.

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Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 ST10XME Exposure: RGB = 10:10:10 mins Filters: Astrodon G2V calibration ratios Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5100 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 15 C Processing: Photoshop CS HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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