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Mike Olason

Location of Photo:

Denver Colorado

Date/Time of photo:

24 May 2017, 0942UT


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


There is a lot of talk about C/2017 K2 Panstarrs which is 1.5 Billion miles from Earth and magnitude 18.8 in this image. At close approach to Earth in June/July 2023 it will still be 108 Million miles from Earth and probably about magnitude 5 according to the latest orbit data. Of course, it is a comet which we know little about so we have 6 years to debate what will really happen. It was very windy when these images were collected so it did not make for a very good final image. Good thing the comet is already a bright magnitude 18.8!


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