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Reports from Geisei Observatory <May 4, 2001>

• Comet C/2001 A2(LINEAR)
LINEAR C/2001 A2 is moving south in the evening sky while brightening rapidly.
The nucleus seems to have broken up into two on April 30. The photograph and observation below are those before its nucleus broke up. The size of the coma was about 4'. A faint tail on the east is also visible. There was only one nucleus detected on the film by using a comparator at 15x. I will be fortunate if I can capture it one more time, but this could be the last photograph.

C/2001 A2
2001UT         R.A  (2000)    Decl.        m1 
Apr. 27.44160  5 54 30.73   -14 57 10.2    6.7   372 


C/2001 A2(LINEAR)
April 27, 2001
3-minute exposure by the 60cm f/3.5 reflector
at Geisei Observatory

Copyright (C) 2001 Tsutomu Seki.