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Monday, November 02, 2009


One Picture, Three Comets

Comet C/2009 U6 is a recently discovered (and currently faint) comet. On the 27th of October, several days before the official discovery, Francois Kugel imaged a rendezvous between comets 29P and 81P. 81P is at the bottom, 29P is at the top. And just to the right of 21P, under the red V is U6. No noticed it until after the official discovery. How would you feel? Sad that you missed dscovering a comet, or elate that you got an image of three comets at once?


I think I'd feel a little of both - happy for catching the rendezvous and disappointed for missing the discovery. Either way, its very, very Cool!
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