Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is a periodic comet in our solar system which is currently in the process of breaking up into small pieces and disintegrating.
This image shows fragment C of the comet.

The comet was discovered on 2nd May 1930, disintegration of this comet started in 1995 when it broke into 4 large pieces.
As of 2006 it had already split into at least 8 fragments.

It is only a question of time before this comet will have disappeared completely. (it is currently known to have split into 66 pieces already !)

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Object info
Name 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, fragment C
Type Comet
Discovered 1930
Aphelion 5.18 AU
Perihelion 0.94 AU
Orbital period 5.36 yr
Inclination 11.37°
Next perihelion Aug. 25, 2022
Image info
Image date May. 11, 2006
Light frames 20x 3 min. @ ISO800 – Baader UHC-S
Total integration 1h
Dark frames
Flat frames
Bias frames
Software used DSLRFocus, ImagesPlus 2.5 & Photoshop CS
Equipment info
Telescope Orion USA 80/600 ED
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera Canon 350D
Guide camera
Guide scope
Autoguide software
Filters 2″ Baader UHC-S
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

Almost full Moon, 3 minute subs were too long for this fast moving comet.