Comet PanSTARRS above the Milky Way‏

José J. Chambó Bris
Location of photo
Siding Spring, NSW (Australia)
Date/Time of photo
Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:15 UT
Takahashi FSQ ED 106mm. f/5.0 & SBIG STL-11000M
Comet 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.