Comet 2012 K1 PANSTARRS

Comet 2012 K1 PANSTARRS

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Comet 2012 K1 PANSTARRS is currently one of the brightest comets in the sky glowing at an approximate magnitude of 8.5. Last night it was a few degrees west of Alkaid, the handle end of the Big Dipper. The comet has both a tail and a faint but distinct anti-tail. It should brighten even more as it makes it closest approach to the Sun in the end of August.

Date Imaged       :

May 4, 2014

Lens       :

N16 f4.5

Camera       :

QSI 683

Exposure       :

9 minutes

Filter       :

L 2x3min RGB 1x1min (3x3)

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio