The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

Hartley heading into Auriga

103P Hartley caught on the border between Perseus and Auriga. The comet is getting brighter and the detectable coma is now almost full moon sized in my CCD. It is really picking up speed. You can see it in these sixty second shots in white, red green and blue light. The different images (taken last night) were stacked using the comet as the registration point. The spacing and direction between the misaligned stars (resulting in a trail of Red Green Blue and white dots) betrays the direction of motion and the reckless speed of this interplanetary visitor.

Hartley heading into Auriga


excellent, you finally were able to track on the comet. Will check it out on Wednesday or Thursday evening.