Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in Outburst - March 18th Periodic Comet in Cancer

Uploaded 3/20/10

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 Currently at 10.8th magnitude, this distant comet which lies our near Jupiters orbit normally is a very dim 16th magnitude. Every few years however, this comet has some sort of event, perhaps a new vent of gas opening on the surface and brightens 5 or 6 magnitudes. I was lucky enough to capture this current explosive venting by staying tuned to the Comet Imaging Group on Yahoo. The comet is primarily dust, and thus appears white in color.

Several dim galaxies also can be seen in this field, when viewing the larger images. A small 15.1 magnitude edge on spiral can be seen very near the comet, just to its lower left. This galaxy is PCG26441 and is .7 arc mins across. Another small less inclined spiral can be seen in the upper right corner, 14.9 magnitude MCG+2-24-5. North is up here, in this 1.5 degree wide field of view. The bright star is 6.7 magnitude, and is an F8V class, appearing here very white in color.

Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 12 x 5m = 60m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 4/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS