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Observation by Terry Evans: 6478 Gault with continuing debris tail

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Terry Evans

Observer

Terry Evans

Observed

2019 Jan 29 - 15:30

Uploaded

2019 Jan 30 - 11:34

Objects

6478 Gault

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Constellation

Hydra

Field centre

RA: 10h44m
Dec: -12°14'
Position angle: +0°15'

Field size

0°13' × 0°10'

Equipment
  • StarlightXpress Trius 694
  • APM TMB-203 Refractor
  • Paramount ME
Exposure

9*300s

Location

Moorook, South Australia

Target name

6478 Gault

Title

6478 Gault with continuing debris tail

About this image

The "tail" from main belt asteroid 6478 Gault continues to be and (I think!) appears to have developed a slight curve.  I assume that the ongoing tail means that dust is continually being added from the comet's surface (or just above it).

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