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Comet C/2002 C1 Ikeya-Zhang

Photographs by Matthew T. Russell

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Object:
Comet C/2002 C1
Ikeya-Zhang

Constellation:
Pisces

Distance from Earth:
.86 Astronomical Units

Distance from Sun:
.51 Astronomical Units

Visual Magnitude:
4.2

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Click here to see this comet on 6/7/02.

Date Taken:
3/16/02

Location:
Crosslake, MN

Equipment:
Takahashi FSQ-106n
SBIG 10E, NABG
SBIG CFW-8

Exposure Specs:
9 minutes total
Red: 3 x 1 min
Grn: 3 x 1 min
Blu: 3 x 1 min

Processed with:
MaximDL v3.0
Adobe Photoshop v6.0

Photograph Description

Discovered 2002 by Kaoru Ikeya and Daqing Zhang.

Professional Astronomers believe this is the same unnamed comet as one recorded in 1661, meaning it is returning after a 341-year orbit.

Throughout the Northern Hemisphere, Comet Ikeya-Zhang is visible low in the western sky just after sunset (March 2002). In early April 2002, it will appear in the predawn sky as it begins to loop past Earth on its return trip out of the solar system.

 


Copyright 2001, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.