Jack Fusco Photography in California wrote: "Hello EarthSky! I'm so excited to show my first photo of comet 46P / Wirtanen. We took our boxer Kona to the Anza Borrego desert and came home with a new family photo. 🙂 I also shared some behind-the-scenes and outtakes on my blog. "Great photo and thanks for the photo information on your blog, Jack!
For several months we have been & # 39; I've heard of astrophotographers taking pictures of comet 46P / Wirtanen. Now, every day, we see many pictures and hear of people seeing the comet in less than the darkest sky. It is the brightest comet of the year 201
8, theoretically visible to the eye, but large and diffuse. a dark sky will show it best. Click here for an article with instructions that contains some diagrams and suggestions for the comet. And enjoy the pictures on this site from the EarthSky community. Many thanks to all who contributed! If you have not sent us your photo yet, you can submit it here.
So you see the brightest comet of 2018 in the sky
The comet came closest to the sun on December 12, 2018 On December 16, Earth is closest to Earth. The Virtual Telescope project in Rome offers an online ad on December 17:
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Enlarge. | See 3 landmarks in this photo on December 8, 2018, by Jose H. Laboy in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. On the left side are the tiny Pileades star cluster and the V-shaped Hyades star cluster with the bright star Aldebaran at a peak. The Comet 46P / Wirtanen is located on the top right. Between December 8 and December 16, the comet moved along a line in the direction of the Pleiades and Aldebaran. How to see the comet.
Scott McNeill at the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, on 10 December captured the Wirtanen comet near the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. Be sure to seek the comet cluster near this easy-to-see star cluster.
Tom Marsala in Menifee, California took this picture of the comet on December 8th. He wrote, "I thought I would try to see what the small 6-inch telescope would do, rather than bring out the 13-inch axis for the night!
Kelley Knight Heins sent this photo of Christmas Comet – 46P / Wirtanen – behind a dealership on a busy street in Austin, Texas. "With your cards," she said.
Emilio Lepeley sent this beautiful picture of the comet Wirtanen from the Elqui Valley, Vicuna, Chile. Equipment: Canon 50D, 85mm. Lens, exp. 55 sec. 1600 ISO, single exposure, with tracking, Ioptron Sky Tracker.
Comet 46P / Wirtanen on December 6, 2018 from our friend Matthew Chin in Hong Kong.
Comet Wirtanen now near Plejades and Hyades. Picture by Petr Horálek on December 10, Ustupky, Czech Republic https://t.co/1HQajRxrt4 pic.twitter.com/OWdJLs739k
Comet 46P / Wirtanen on November 26, 2018 by Gerald Rhemann in Namibia. 19659021] Greg Hogan caught the comet Wirtanen on November 26, 2018 in Kathleen, Georgia. He wrote: "This comet finally stood over my tree line in my neighborhood. I quickly found it with a quick shot in the right direction. 9:30 pm EST. "Canon 7D, 85 mm, 5-second exposure, ISO 6400, f2.8
Pablo Goffard in the Elqui Valley, Coquimbo, Chile, conquered the Comet Wirtanen on November 7, 2018. 130 mm Newton telescope, Canon T3.
Beautiful telescope image of comet 46P / Wirtanen, taken on November 4, 2018 with an 11-inch telescope by Martin Mobberley. The picture shows the evolution of a gas end for the comet. Used with permission.
Comet Wirtanen in November 2018 via Tel Lekatsas from Ma Ma Creek, Australia. Used with permission.
Scott MacNeill at the Frosty Drew Observatory, Charlestown, Rhode Island, recorded this cometary cometary view of Comet Wirtanen on December 7, 2018 with a Canon 60D MagicLantern ISO: Exposure: 60 "* 110 sub-images with a 72 / f-6 refractor at 430 mm with field flattening, Sirius EQ-G mount.
Karen Slagle started comet Wirtanen from Amarillo, Texas on December 9, 2018. She used a Nikon D4, Nikkor 85 1.8-lens @ 1.8 for 5 seconds. ISO 6400. She said, "It was very cold and we have light pollution so we can not see it with our eyes. I took several pictures until I could see the green dot, then I knew that I had nailed it.
Bottom line: Photos and videos of comet 46P / Wirtanen, the brightest comet from 2018 by EarthSky community members.
Want to see the brightest comet of 2018? How to see the comet 46P / Wirtanen