Comet C/2002 C1 Ikeya-Zhang
Photographs by Matthew T. Russell
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Comet C/2002 C1
Distance from Earth:
.86 Astronomical Units
Distance from Sun:
.51 Astronomical Units
SBIG 10E, NABG
9 minutes total
Red: 3 x 1 min
Grn: 3 x 1 min
Blu: 3 x 1 min
Adobe Photoshop v6.0
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.