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Date/Time of photo:
5,6,7 February 2021, 0800UT
11" SCT and STF-8300M CCD Camera
In this 3 day gif Comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF) approaches and passes magnitude 14 Galaxy NGC 5056. The gif is a collection of 3 images each 300 seconds long taken on February 5, 6 and 7. Comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF) will reach perihelion in its orbit in May 2023 when it will brighten to magnitude 10. In the images in this gif the comet is magnitude 17.7 and 689 million miles from Earth.