|• C/2002 V1 brightening
Will this comet become a naked-eye comet in February? Or will it be evaporated by the Sun's heat? C/2002 V1 is brightening daily rushing toward perihelion. It is at magnitude 7 at present. Under light-polluted skies it will be much fainter, but at more favorable places like Geisei the comet is easily visible with binoculars.
12-minute exposure from 18:21 on January 6, 2003
60-cm f/3.5 reflector
Tsutomu Seki at Observatory
|• A color photograph of C/2002 X5(Kudo-Fujikawa)
C/2002 X5 was captured in the evening sky. The accuracy of the measurements is not certain, as it was only 3 degrees above the horizon in twilight. On January 13 it will be shining at magnitude 3, 8 degrees north of Altair in Aquila.
2003 UT R.A(2000) Decl. m1 Jan. 6.37873 18 44 21.26 +21 01 44.7 6.0 20cmR 60X 6.38312 18 44 22.99 +21 01 22.2 20cmR 60X
C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa)
Five-minute exposure from 6:00 on December 31
ε160 f/3.3 reflector
ISO400 film(A faint tail is visible.)
Copyright (C) 2003 Tsutomu Seki.