|This comet was my second discovery in my comet hunting. It was discovered
near the southern horizon in the midst of the coldest winter night on February
4, 1962. There was an unexpected competitor who found this comet from the
middle of an Arizona desert in the U.S.A. It was a race between us in reporting
to Copenhagen. This rival was Richard Lines. There was a popular series
of TV dramas called "the Fugitive", whose main character was
played by Richard Kimble. As Richard Kimble was so popular I mistakenly
wrote Richard Kimble for Richard Lines in my book "Searching Unknown
Stars." Just like the fugitive in the dramas, this comet evaded a
two-month-long search after its discovery and escaped into the sun's corona
in the end. What happened to my comet in the one-million-degree temperature
corona? When it reappeared in the western sky in mid-April, it was mysteriously
blue and beautiful, and conjured the image of a goddess, unlike the pre-perihelion
image of a sun-scorched comet.
Comet Seki-Lines (1962 C1)
Evening of April 9, 1962 at my home
300 mm telephoto lens.
Copyright (C) 1999 Tsutomu Seki.