Comet C/2016 M1 PANSTARRS at maximum


José J. Chambó

Siding Spring (Australia)

Telescope Planewave 20″ CDK f/4.4 & Camera FLI PL09000

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) photographed on June 21, 2018 over a thousand stars background of Milky Way in Corona Australis constellation. With a brightness of magnitude 8.5 the comet is now at maximum approaching to Earth (1.3 A.U., about 500 times the distance to the Moon) and is observable through binoculars from dark places. In this image the comet shows a greenish coma with a diameter of 10 arcminutes and a tail of half degree lenght.