PhotographerJosé J. Chambó Bris
Location of photoSiding Spring, NSW (Australia)
Date/Time of photoJun 30, 2016 @ 12:15 UT
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ ED 106mm. f/5.0 & SBIG STL-11000M
DescriptionComet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) imaged on June 30 2016, a week after its maximum approach to Earth and moving away toward outer of Solar System, the comet suddenly has lost its ion tail, remaining only the dust trail behind its orbit (tail type III). In this wide field image the comet appears above a dense zone of the Milky Way between constellations Scorpius and Ara with its tail projected towards the globular cluster NGC 6352. The brightest star at upper is Iota Arae and down-left can be perceived the glow of the near star Alpha Arae of magnitude 2.8.