Thursday 18 September 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Thursday 18th September 2014

September 18th 1965 Comet Ikeya-Seki discovered

One of the brightest comets of the last 1,000 years, the comet was discovered independently within 15 minutes of each other by the amateur Japanese astronomers Karou Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki.

The comet is of the sun grazing group type of comets. At its brightest Ikeya Seki had a magnitude of -11,its tail was 40 degrees long.

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