Comet Lulin C/2007 N3

Comet Lulin C/2007 N3

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Compared to an image taken two nights ago, Comet Lulin now displays an even more prominent anti-tail (to the left and east of its nucleus) pointing towards the Sun as well as a much fainter tail pointing in the opposite direction. An unidentified object traveling eastward (possibly an asteroid) was also captured passing north of the comet and appears as a blue, green, red, and white streak each exposed two minutes long. These exposures were started at approximately 15:40 UT. The object is traveling much slower than a meteor but still quite rapidly across a 71x98 arc second field of view a little over three full moons wide.

Date Imaged       :

February 21, 2009

Lens       :

Borg 77ED f/4.3

Camera       :

Atik 16HR

Exposure       :

8 minutes

Filter       :

Astronomik LRGB 2,2,2,2 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines