Target Practice
Comet P9/Temple1 in Virgo

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Not many folks have this comet on their mind but that will soon change as NASA's Deep Impact space probe draws near for a July 4, 2005 display of marksmanship and bravado: the probe will fire a small missile at the comet's nucleus and create a blast large enough to be seen from earth!

This image was taken when the comet was still far from the sun slowly moving against a backdrop of much more distant galaxies in the constellation Virgo, on March 17, 2005 at 1:18AM MST from Cloudcroft, NM.

The closest bright star is SAO 81743.

25 minutes Luminance
RCOS 20 inch (f/8)