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Memorable Comets

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Comet de Vico, a great comet which appeared in 1846 was thought to have a 70-year period, but the predictions of its positions were not announced. Although we all wondered when this great comet would return, after a while it was almost forgotten. Then, suddenly it showed up after 74 long years of absence. On the morning of September 18, 1995, I found this comet when I was searching comets of the Kreutz group, to which Comet Ikeya-Seki belongs. It was near Hydrus in the southeastern sky shining at magnitude 6. But this was not the first detection of the comet in the world. There were several discoverers including Mr. Yuji Nakamura in Mie, Japan, and some Chinese comet hunters. Enjoy the beautiful image of the comet with an ion streamer.

[Photo of Comet de Vico]
de Vico
4 am September 20, 1995
60cm Reflector at Geisei Observatory
Fuji color-transparency film 400
10-minute exposure
By Tsutomu Seki

Copyright (C) 2001 Tsutomu Seki.