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Photographer:

Jon Greif

Email:

greif.jon@gmail.com

Location of Photo:

Mayhill, NM USA remotely from La Jolla, CA USA

Date/Time of photo:

1/12/18 at 2000 hours MST

Equipment:

106 mm Takahashi refractor and color imaging CCD.

Description:

The new comet in the neighborhood is C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS), imaged remotely last night using the 106 mm color imaging refractor at iTelescope.net's Mayhill NM site. It made it's closest approach to earth, 300,000 km away, about 2 weeks ago and is now headed for a trip around the sun, and then it's off into the distance, not to return for 20,000 years. It's currently in the constellation Taurus, but, at magnitude 13, you will need a telescope to see it.

Website:

http://skyandtelescope.org/author/jgreif/

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