Comet X5 Kudo-Fujikawa

Image from SOHO

 

On Friday, 13th Japanese Astronomer Tetuo Kudo was searching those starry skies. Little did he know he was about to discover a comet! Looking into the constellation of Bootes. Fujikawa co-discovered this comet on the  14th giving rise to the name Kudo-Fujikawa.

This comet was a surprise to say the least. It is predicted to pass 1 AU (Astronomical Unit) from the Sun. 

Perihelion is on January 24, 2003. Some predictions put the comet any where from 2.8 to -4 in magnitude. As with all comets especially ones new to us, we are not absolutely sure of its performance. Many had the opportunity to view this comet. Unfortunately, light pollution and clouds prevented me viewing this comet. 

Hot on the tail of this comet was C/2002 V1 NEAT so attention quickly switched to this more impressive comet. See more on the C/2002 V1 NEAT page.

 

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