Return of the comet Encke

José J. Chambó
Location of photo
Mayhill, New Mexico
Date/Time of photo
Jan 23, 2017 @ 01:51 UT
Planewave 20" CDK 2280mm f/4.5 & FLI-PL11002M
The periodic comet 2P/Encke imaged in January 23, 2017 returns to inner Solar System in present apparition with perihelion in next March. The comet has already fired its gassy emission making a coma that reach some 6' of angular diameter in this image (350.000 Km in absolute terms) and with an intense green color wich point to a strong emission of diatomic carbon. The tail will belate a pair of weeks in begin its development, when the comet will start to be observable with binoculars.
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