|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
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.
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.