Long anti-tail of comet PanSTARRS

Unusually bad weather was in Europe during May 2013. It was cloudy and extremely rainy. This weather resulted in devastating floods in Central Europe. The night of May 29/30 gave me the first opportunity to take an image of the enormous anti-tail of comet PanSTARRS. After heavy rain, a small period of partially clear sky came. This image is made of only five short exposures taken through holes in clouds. The brightest star in the image is Polaris. The anti-tail is the result of viewing geometry. It is oriented to the Sun in the projection to the sky only. In reality it is not oriented Sun-ward in 3D space.
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Date29. 05. 2013
Time21:57 - 22:04 UT (23:57 - 00:04 local time)
PlaceBrno - Komín, Czech Republic
ConditionsVery high humidity (after long heavy rain), thin fog, a lot of clouds
OpticsCanon EF 200mm 1:2.8 L II, Astronomik CLS filter
CameraCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure5×30 s, ISO 3200
Processingimage processing: Miloslav Druckmüller
Copyright© 2013 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Page last update: 14.8.2013