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Monday, June 11, 2012

 

Farewell Beautiful Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd imaged with iTelescope T14 on June 9. The image is a stack of 5x120 second exposures, stretched in  FITS Liberator and stacked with  ImageJ then despeckled.Click to embiggen

Comet Garradd, after delighting us for months with it's beautiful double tails, is now sinking towards the horizon and is below the range of the iTelescopes travel. This image was taken before astronomical twilight, but soon it will be too low even for that.

While never getting brighter than magnitude 6,  Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd went through some beautiful regions, and its ever changing aspect was really delightful.

The comet will return in October at magnitude 12.4, but if you wish to remember this delightful little comet, you can browse the images I have here.

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