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Observation by Nick James: Comet 29P

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Nick James

Observer

Nick James

Observed

2021 Oct 30 - 22:16

Uploaded

2021 Oct 30 - 23:17

Objects

29P Schwassmann-Wachmann

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Constellation

Auriga

Field centre

RA: 04h52m
Dec: +32°15'
Position angle: +1°21'

Field size

0°13' × 0°10'

Equipment
  • ASI6200MM + Celestron HD11
Exposure

32x60s

Location

Chelmsford, UK

Target name

29P

Title

Comet 29P

About this image

This fascinating comet continues to evolve from night to night. The detectable coma diameter from the late September outburst is around 190 arcsec which corresponds to around 700,000km. This is about half the diameter of the Sun so it is a huge volume. There is lots of interesting detail in the inner coma following the more recent outburst. In particular a strong northward jet.

The Hubble Space Telescope was due to get some images on October 26 but it didn't since it went into safe mode on October 25 due to an on-board electronics fault. It would have been very interesting to see this in high resolution. 

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