Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Taken by Mike Olason on February 2, 2019 @ Denver, Colorado
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This gif of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) shows the comets nucleus region. The gif covers 17 minutes in the life of Comet Iwamoto and is composed of 3 images each 60 seconds long with 7 minute intervals between each image. The images field of view is about 1/2 degree by 1/3 degree. The comet moved 0.03 degrees across Earths sky in those 17 minutes. The comet was about magnitude 8 and was 47 million miles from Earth. Comet Iwamoto reaches perihelion in its 934 year orbit on February 6 when it will be 119 million miles from the Sun. On February 12 Comet Iwamoto makes its close approach to Earth when it will be 28 million miles from Earth moving at 0.3 degrees per hour across Earths sky and may reach magnitude 7.
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