Tuesday 8 November 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Comet Arend Roland

Comet Arend–Roland

Comet Arend–Roland was discovered on November 8, 1956, by Belgian astronomers Sylvain Arend and Georges Roland on photographic plates. 

At that time the comet was at visual magnitude 10, in April 1957 it reached magnitude -1, making it one of the brightest comets of the mid-20th century. At its closest it was within 29 million miles of the Sun.

By May 1957 it was below naked eye visibility. 

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