Comet NEAT C/2002 V1

On November 6,2002 the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) discovered a comet at about a magnitude 17.3. The comet passed very close to the sun on February 18, 2003.  Animation of the event recorded by SOHO can be seen here..

At the beginning of March 2003 the comet was gracing the Southern skies, Ian Cooper reported: 

"I had seen the comet on a few nights during the week but it was in the twilight. This was the first night we had seen Comet NEAT with the naked eye. The magnitude was around 2.5 - 3.0. The tail was 5 degrees long in binoculars. Not as bright as Halley in the morning sky back in March '86, but still a "good" comet by astronomers standards. Cheers!"

SOHO Image

Special thanks goes to  Ian Cooper  for the following images and report:)

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More on this comet at Cometography

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