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Memorable Comets

<Comet Kohoutek (C/1973 E1)>

Comet Kohoutek was discovered in Germany in 1973 as a faint object. In January the following year, it dominated the western sky with a beautiful seven-degree-long tail. It is well-known that the U.S. astronauts watched this comet from the windows of their spacecraft. This photo was taken on January 5, 1974, by a 21cm reflector at the newly-built Geisei Observatory. The coma was visible to the naked-eye as a third-magnitude object.

[Comet Kohoutek (C/1973 E1)]
Comet Kohoutek (January 5, 1974)
Geisei Observatory
21cm reflector

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