An image of comet Wild-2 (pronounced "vilt two")
taken by Michael Brown using the 40 inch telescope
at Siding Spring Observatory. The image was taken through cloud on the
evening of 1 April 1997 (no joke).
mission will visit comet Wild-2 in 2004, collect
dust from the coma and return to Earth.
An animation of Centaur object Chiron. Centaurs are a class of minor
planets (asteroids and comets) which orbit between Jupiter and
Neptune. This object is a distant comet
that never gets closer to the Earth than the planet Saturn - a distance of 1.5
billion kilometres. Though this is brightest Centaur, it is 10,000 times
fainter than the faintest star visible to the unaided eye.
An image of comet Wirtanen taken using the 40 inch telescope at Siding
Spring Observatory by Michael Hicks and Michael
Brown. The comet is the faint (R mag=19) star at the centre of the image.
The image is a 400 second CCD integration taken at 16:48 UT on July 9
Wirtanen is the target of the planned Rosetta spacecraft which will
rendezvous with the comet early next century and drop the
This image appeared in the February 1997 issue of Sky and Space magazine.
A reduced and trimmed image of comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
taken with the 40inch telescope at Siding Spring. The image was
taken in spare time during a search for Kuiper belt objects by
Michael Brown, Rachel Webster and Thomas Irving of the University
of Melbourne. The pixel size is roughly 2.1".
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