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Joe Fragola
San Jose, CA USA
05:30 am

Equipment Details:

eQuinox imaging telescope
Mirror Diameter: 4.5in
Focal length: 450mm

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Image Details:

Early on the morning of 27 November, 5:30 am Pacific Standard Time, I imaged comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) from my driveway in light-polluted San Jose, CA. The comet is currently located in the constellation Coma Berenices. In addition to the man-made light pollution, the 3rd Quarter moon, located nearby in the constellation Leo contributed a bit as well. Currently, Comet Leonard is estimated to be at magnitude 7.3 as it moves toward closest approach to Earth in another couple of weeks (12 December). The perihelion date, closest approach to the Sun, is 3 January 2022. This image was a 1-minute exposure, and no post processing was done.