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Reports from Geisei Observatory <October 23, 2003>

• A photo of disintegrated 157P/Tritton
157P/Tritton has become like an overnight train running in the darkness of space. It is stretched over 55" along the orbit looking like a string of rope. Several small nuclei in a straight line resemble lighted windows, but not much more is seen with this aperture.
Shoemaker-Levy 9 showed more nuclei and more clearly. 157P/Tritton is a small version of S-L 9.

15-minute exposure from 4.02am October 23, 2003
60cm f/3.5 reflector at Geisei Observatory
Guided on the comet

The comet after image-processing

Copyright (C) 2003 Tsutomu Seki.