11  October  2017
 
   Return of the comet Encke
    
    



By     José J. Chambó
cometografia.es )

The periodic comet 2P/Encke imaged in January 23, 2017 returns to inner Solar System in present apparition with perihelion in next March. The comet has already fired its gassy emission making a coma that reach some 6'  of angular diameter in this image (350.000 Km in absolute terms) and with an intense green color wich point to a strong emission of diatomic carbon. The tail will belate a pair of weeks in begin its development, when the comet will start to be observable with binoculars.

Planewave 20" CDK 2280mm f/4.5 & FLI-PL11002M (L:4×120s + RGB:1x60s Bin2) from Mayhill, New Mexico


 

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