2000WM1 LINEAR on morning of Feb 23, 2002

Date & Time: Feb 22 2002, 28:55 to 28:58 & 29:11 to 29:16 JST(+0900)
Composed 2 images
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX-200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Camera: VIXEN VX-1
Film: Konicacolor New Centuria 800
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Comet 2000WM1 LINEAR came closest to the Earth in southern hemisphere, and later, moved to the constellation of Sagittarius in February 2002, and came in sight of observers in northern hemisphere. Although the comet had the burst and brightened up to 2nd magnitude, unfortunately the exciting event couldn't be observed in Japan.
Comet LINEAR in this day had a magnitude of about 6 and a faint dust tail stretching toward southwest with 5 arc minutes in length.

2000WM1 LINEAR on Mar 9, 2002

2000WM1 LINEAR on Dec 15, 2001

Copyright(c) 2002 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
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