Archive for October 22nd, 2011

The cloud of fragments remaining from comet Elenin has been detected

Rolando Ligustri

After many attempts to find any remains of Comet Elenin, they have been located. The first message came from Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero, and Nick Howes. On their images, a small extended cloud with low surface brightness was visible. This cloud is easily seen on Ronald Ligustri’s image which can be seen at left. During the night of October 21-22 at our observatory we also made followup observations of the comet, and the motion of the cloud was confirmed. You can see the animation here. The Moon is leaving, and the comet is climbing higher in the northern sky. I think, in the near future new images will be obtained of this object, once known as Comet Elenin.

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