Citizen Scientist Spots Comet Tails Streaking past Distant Star

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This research was presented in the paper "The Fornax Deep Survey with VST. II. Fornax A: A Two-phase Assembly Caught in the Act", by E. Iodice et al., in the Astrophysical Journal.

The team is composed of E. Iodice (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy), M. Spavone (Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy), M. Capaccioli (University of Naples, Italy), R. F. Peletier (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands), T. Richtler (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), M. Hilker (ESO, Garching, Germany), S. Mieske (ESO, Chile), L. Limatola (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy), A. Grado (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy), N.R. Napolitano (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy), M. Cantiello (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Teramo, Italy), R. D'Abrusco (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/Chandra X-ray Center, US), M. Paolillo (University of Naples, Italy), A. Venhola (University of Oulu, Finland), T. Lisker (Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Germany), G. Van de Ven (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany), J. Falcon-Barroso (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain) and P. Schipani (Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy).

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Links

Research paper - https://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1734/eso1734a.pdf
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hotos of the VLT Survey Telescope - http://www.eso.org/public/images/archive/search/?adv=&subject_name=VLT%20Survey%20Telescope

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