Location of Photo:
Mayhill, NM, USA taken remotely from La Jolla, CA, using itelescope.net.
Date/Time of photo:
April 3, 2017, at 3 AM local time
Takahashi 150 mm refractor and color imaging system.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák – first detected in 1858 – is making the closest flyby of Earth since its discovery. It’ll zoom past us at a very safe distance of around 13.2 million miles (21.2 million km), or some 50 times the moon’s distance. The comet is in the far-northern sky. passing in front of the constellations Ursa Major (home of the Big Dipper) and Draco the Dragon.