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Comet C/2023 E1 (ATLAS) And M29

Matt Softich | 17 Aug, 2023 | 0 Comments | Return|
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On 11 August the comet C/2023 E1 (ATLAS) passed in front of the open star cluster M29. Comet E1 is very diffuse and has a small nucleus, and as a result, I could not capture the nucleus itself using the Askar FRA400. I could have possibly done so with the 6-inch scope, but it is currently out of commission. I was able to capture the green tinged ejecta as it wandered through the star cluster. It is very faint at magnitude 9.5 but showed up well when I photographed it by the Little Dipper in July. This is a 45-minute integration of the comet and Messier 29. The comet is moving away from earth and is currently .375 AU away from us. Discovered in March of this year, its next appearance will be in April of 2108 so mark your calendars.


Here is what M29 looked like the night before.

M29 August 10th

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