Comet 81/P Wild 2

Posted by Galactic_John
on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

by John Chumack


<o:p></o:p>Was out late last night,  and captured Comet 81/P Wild 2 (pronounced Vilt), it was shining about 9.3 magnitude, although seeing was poor, it still turned out okay. It is sporting a little tail too!  This Periodic comet is currently cruising through Virgo…about 3 degrees west of Iota Virginis.  This comet was the subject of NASA’s Stardust program.<o:p>

This is a 25 minute exposure (5 x 5 minute subs) with a QHY8 CCD single shot color Camera and my Homemade 16” Newt. Scope, from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Yellow Springs</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">Ohio</st1:state></st1:place> on 05-05-10<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>

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