Comet ZTF and Planet Mars Shinning in the Faint Dust of Taurus Molecular Cloud

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The image shows a wide view of Comet c/2022 E3 (ZTF) on February 13, 2023, while being in a close encounter with Planet Mars in Taurus constellation. Still featuring the wonderful greenish coma from glowing carbon gas, a dust and yet visible long faint ion tail, the comet was shining between the dust of dark nebulas from the Taurus molecular cloud.

PT: A imagem revela uma visão ampla do Cometa c/2022 E3 (ZTF) captada a 13 de Fevereiro de 2023, durante um encontro com o Planeta Marte que transita a constelação de Touro. Ainda exibindo o coma esverdeada proveniente do brilho do gás carbono, é possível ver a cauda de poeira, e ainda a cauda de íons longa e relativamente fraca, enquanto o cometa brilhava por entre a poeira das nebulosas escuras da nuvem molecular de Touro.


Above are two still shots presented in portrait version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image. Below is the annotated version produced with PixInsight script, based in several known catalogues to identify the main objects in the image.

PT: Acima, estão duas fotos apresentadas em uma versão retrato com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem. Abaixo, a imagem legendada com anotação produzida pelo script do PixInsight baseado em vários catálogos reconhecidos, identificando assim os principais objectos visíveis na imagem.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Canon fixed prime lens 300mm at f/3,5 + Canon 6D modified | ISO2500 – sub Exp. of 70 seconds in a total 54 images | Total integration: 63 minutes. Mount EQ6 Pro – Auto-guiding off. Processing on PixInsight 1.8.9-1, photoshop CC 2023 and Premiere Pro 2023. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.


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