Comet photographed in “triple shot” as it approaches Earth

Comet photographed in "triple shot" as it approaches Earth

As it travels through space and approaches Earth, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has been yielding incredible photos for those who can observe it. Among some recent records are those captured by Soumyadeep Mukherjee, in India, who photographed the comet between December 27th and 29th.

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Called “Three Days in the Life of a Comet”, a very appropriate name, the photo brings the combination of the three records captured by Mukherjee. He worked with a telescope and a camera equipped with different filters, which took three pictures with 240 seconds of exposure.

After combining the images and processing them, he arrived at the result below:

He explains that he is an amateur astronomer from Koltaka, India, and has been photographing objects in the night sky for two years. In his photos, Mukherjee captured the comet over three days as it made its first close approach to Earth in 50,000 years — the last time the comet visited, our ancestors were starting to organize themselves into settlements!

The astrophotographer took the photos at the IC Astronomy Observatory in Spain, located in a region considered one of the most clear nights in continental Europe. The observatory is part of the Telescope Live network, made up of professional telescopes that can be reserved for remote observations.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers last year. It has a greenish hue, a short tail of dust and a longer one, formed by ions, and should make its closest approach to Earth in early February.

Source: Via: Space.com