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Mike Olason



Location of Photo:

Denver, Colorado

Date/Time of photo:

6 November 2018, 0505UT


11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera


Comet 364P/PANSTARRS was at perihelion in it's 4.88 year orbit last June, it made a close approach to Earth in July at about 22 million miles when it reached magnitude 11. 364P has now faded to about magnitude 19 with no nucleus visible in this image, all that this one hour collection of images shows is a dust tail about 3' (0.05 degrees) long trailing to the SSW of the comet. The comet was 116 million miles from Earth.


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Mike Olason

November 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

I made a mistake with the direction of the dust trail, the dust trail drifts to the WSW of the coma with a PA of 239 degrees as seen from Earth.

Cheers, Mike Olason

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