Comet 81/P WIld
Comet 81/P Wild

Comet Wild 2 is a short periodic comet with an orbital period of 6 years. Before its close encounter with Jupiter during September 1974 his orbit was almost circular and had a 43 year period. But the gravitational pull of the giant gas planet made Wild 2 to a member of the inner solar system. In 2004 the comet was target of the NASA mission "Stardust", which took samples of the coma and returned them back to earth. Our image was obtained during a trip to southern france in February 2010 and shows a nice 1 degree long tail.

AstronomyCast

Astronomy Cast

Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology.

Welcome!

Since 2002 our little observatory is mainly dedicated to NEO follow-up work, chasing and confirming newly discovered minor planets crossing the earth' orbit. After years and nearly 2000 positions measured we finally made our first discoveries in 2008. Compared to the long lists of other amateurs our 4 MBA's (main belt asteroids) up to this date are nearly nothing. But the first two discoveries of 2008QX19 and 2008RZ77 came within a week and we were happy. But both objects faded away beyond the range of our telescope. In December 2009 they "brighten" to magnitude 20.2 and 20.9 and hopefully we'll be able to recover both of them.
If you are an astrometrist and and looking for targets please see our follow-up page.

Besides this exciting work we still find time to make some pretty pictures of the other inhabitants of the universe. Our efforts and hopefully also our progress can be followed in the gallery. Enjoy!