AstNow: Is Comet Siding Spring splitting up?

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AstNow: Is Comet Siding Spring splitting up?

Post by RJN » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:20 pm

http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1003/17comet/
This dramatic image, captured by Astronomy Now's Nick Howes earlier today of Comet C2007 Q3 Siding Spring, suggests that the comet's nucleus might be disintegrating.

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Re: AstNow: Is Comet Siding Spring splitting up?

Post by Ayiomamitis » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:06 pm

Dr Nemiroff,

Within the hour I will be starting a two-hr imaging session on Comet C2007/Q3 Siding Spring (LRGB @ 30:30:30:30). The comet is quite a mover with an apparent motion of 1"/minute and which translates to one-minute exposures at my end due to my 1.17"/pixel image scale.

As always, weather-permitting. :(

Anthony.
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