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Dr Alan Potts

Location of Photo:

Newport, South Wales, UK

Date/Time of photo:

24th to 25th May 2020 (23:37 UT on 24th to 00:05 UT on 25th)


Nikon Nikkor f/4.5 at f/5.6 (non ED) with Nikon D3200 DSLR (at 3200 ISO); 5s subs for 23m 10s (selected) total.


On 25th May the Earth moved into the geometric plane of the orbit of this PanSTARRS comet. The very dominant sunward pointing tail is very evident and now narrow due to the geometry. I locally enhanced an approximate circle around the comet to bring out the tail and applied a little extra blur there to diminish effects of noise. The comet had just passed by the M81/82, NGC 3077 grouping.


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