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Evolution of the morphology of comet C/2010 V1

8 Nov 2010, 15:37 UTC
Evolution of the morphology of comet C/2010 V1
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The recently discovered comet C/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami) has been probably discovered thanks to an outburst. In fact IAUC 9183 reports that Kaoru Ikeya swept the comet's position also on Nov. 1, but did not see the comet down to mag 9-10, despite better conditions than on the 2nd. Moreover the evolution of its coma morphology is rapidly changing from night to night.Here you can see our last image of this comet (stack of 10X30seconds exposures) obtained on 2010 Nov. 08.5, remotely from the GRAS Observatory (near Mayhill, NM) through a 0.25-m, f/3.4 reflector + CCD. Please click here for a bigger image.Below an animation showing the evolution of the morphology of comet C/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami) starting from our first image dated Nov. 04 to the last image dated Nov. 08, 2010 (in the animation the image of Nov. 7 is not present due to cloudy sky):by Ernesto Guido & Giovanni Sostero

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