The Splitting of Comet Linear
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The Splitting of Comet Linear

April 22, 2005
This image is based on a 1-min exposure on May 16, 2001 at 23:10 hrs UT through an R-filtre with the VLT Test Camera at the Cassegrain focus (under the main mirror) of the 8.2-m VLT YEPUN (UT4) telescope on Paranal. Although the comet was low in the western sky, the atmospheric conditions were good and the seeing was excellent, 0.6 arcsec. The telescope was set to follow the motion of the comet in the sky. The fields shown measure 17 x 18 arcsec2 and 27 x 21 arcsec2, respectively; 1 pixel = 0.0455 arcsec. North is up and East is left.

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