Two sibling comets approaching to Earth

Photographer
José J. Chambó Bris
Email
pepechambo@gmail.com
Location of photo
Siding Spring, NSW, Australia
Date/Time of photo
2nd Mar. 2016 @ 12:21 UT
Equipment
Takahashi FSQ ED 106mm. f/5.0 & SBIG STL-11000M
Description
Comets 252P/LINEAR and P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) imaged on March 2nd 2016, separated by only 1.5 degrees seem very differents: the 252P with a enormous and greenish gassy envelope while the 2016-BA14 is just a tiny mote between stars, nonetheless the similitude of its orbits seem reveal that really are fragments of a unique comet. Both are approaching to Earth, being its minimum distance 0.0036 and 0.0016 AU between March 21 and 22 (14 and 9 times the lunar distance). Between comets can be viewed the spiral galaxy NGC 2090.
Website
http://cometografia.es
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