Telescope captures first image of comet

Astronomers at Kielder Observatory have one of UK’s first images of ‘the comet of the century’, Comet ISON, as it continues its journey around the sun.

Kielder is Britain’s leading dark-sky public observatory and director Gary Fildes and volunteer Neil Sanders worked for two nights using Kielder’s state-of-the-art telescope to capture the shot.

Gary said: “The whole astronomy world is waiting to see what ISON becomes, there has been much talk of it being the comet of the century or even the nillennium. ISON will hopefully survive its journey around the sun without burning up and we all have our fingers crossed it reaches its potential as it would be an amazing sight.”

Neil added: “We’re very pleased to have imaged ISON. It’s thanks to the equipment we have at Kielder which is there for the public to enjoy the skies that we got this shot before anyone else.”