THE SIXTH SCENES
C/1995O1 Hale-Bopp Comets & Meteors
--Wanderers of Solar System
551 images displayed, Last updated on May 21, 2017


We can hardly recognize the changes of almost all the Celestial objects. However, the comet, appears suddenly and leaves in a short period of time, is one of rare astronomical events that we can never see the same one during our lifetime.

I've collected images of several kinds of comets in this album.




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Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (41P/ Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak)

  This is a 5.42 years periodic comet discovered in 1858. It's well known as one of comets with frequent burst. In April 2017, the 29th return since its discovery, it's predicted that the comet will brighten up to 5th or 6th magnitude in brightness.
May 20 2017, 73KB Added on May 21, 2017
Apr 28 2017, 62KB Added on May 3, 2017
Apr 15 2017, 56KB
Mar 4 2017, 94KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2015ER61 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Mar 14, 2015. The comet had a burst in beginning of Apr 2017 and brightened to 6th magnitude. Now the comet can be observed in lower dawn skies.
Early morning of May 21 2017, 53KB Added on May 21, 2017
Early morning of Apr 29 2017, 65KB Added on May 3, 2017



Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P/ Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova)

  This is a comet with period of 5.25 years discovered by 3 seekers including a Japanese in 1948.
This approach is the 13th return since the discovery, the comet closed to the Earth in about 0.08 au in Feb 2017.
Mar 4 2017, 87KB
Feb 19 2017, 77KB
Early morning of Feb 5 2017, 107KB
Dec 30 2016, 56+65KB
Dec 24 2016, 67+95KB



Comet Johnson (C/2015V2 Johnson)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Nov 3, 2015 by a member of the Catalina Sky Survey team of Mr. J.A. Johnson. It's predicted that the comet will brighten up about 7th magnitude in summer of 2017.
May 20 2017, 66KB Added on May 21, 2017
Apr 28 2017, 65KB Added on May 3, 2017
Apr 15 2017, 64KB
Feb 3 2017, 69KB
Early morning of Dec 24 2016, 67KB



Comet NEOWISE (C/2016U1 NEOWISE)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Oct 21, 2016 by the NASA's WISE satellite of the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer project. We could observe the comet with 8th magnitude in maximum from end of 2016 to beginning of 2017 at northern hemisphere.
Early morning of Dec 31 2016, 89KB



Comet LINEAR (252P/ LINEAR)

  This 5.3 years-periodic comet has been dicovered on Apr 7, 2000 by the automated survey of Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team. In beginning of Mar 2016, the comet had a outburst and brightened from 14th to 10th magnitude in its 4th return, reached about 4th magnitude on Mar 21 at the closest approach to the Earth. In Apr 2016, we could observe a gigantic coma without tails.
May 1 2016, 84KB
Apr 9 2016, 89KB



Comet Catalina (C/2013UC10 Catalina)

  This is a comet newly discovered by the automated sky survey of Alizona univ. on Oct 31, 2013. The comet brightened about 5th magnitude in Dec 2015 to spring of 2016.
Feb 11 2016, 84KB
Feb 7 2016, 113KB
Early morning of Jan 16&17 2016, 80+191+136KB
Spectrum on early morning of Jan 9 2016
Early morning of Jan 9 to 11 2016, 77+235+306KB
Early morning of Jan 4&5 2016, 63+142KB
Early morning of Dec 20 2015, 55+106KB
Early morning of Dec 13 2015, 84+85KB
Early morning of Dec 8 & 9 2015, 34+74+131KB
Early morning of Dec 5 & 6 2015, 159+97KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2013X1 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Dec 4, 2013. The comet brightened about 5th to 6th magnitude in spring to summer of 2016.
Early morning of Jun 4 2016, 79+89KB
Early morning of May 8 2016, 73KB
Feb 11 2016, 78KB
Jan 3 & 9 2016, 170KB
Dec 30 2015, 70KB
Dec 5 2015, 80KB
Nov 15 2015, 64KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2014S2 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Sep 22, 2014 with a brightness of about 20th magnitude. The comet brightened about 9th magnitude in end of 2015 to beginning of 2016.
May 5 2016, 73KB
Apr 9 2016, 75KB
Early morning of Jan 16 2016, 73KB
Jan 3 2016, 89KB
Dec 30 2015, 63KB
Dec 5 2015, 71KB
Nov 15 2015, 64KB



Comet Lovejoy (C/2014Q2 Lovejoy)

  This is a comet newly discovered by an Australian comet seeker of Mr. Terry Lovejoy on Aug 17, 2014. The comet brightened about 5th magnitude in maximum in end of 2014 to the beginning of 2015.
Aug 15 2015, 87KB
Mar 14 2015, 77+114KB
Feb 14 2015, 85+150+160KB
Feb 11 2015, 84+145KB
Jan 24 2015, 73+190+103KB
Jan 23 2015, 75+142+136KB
Jan 17 2015, 70+113+156KB
Jan 11 2015, 79+81KB
Jan 10 2015, 74+91+146KB
Jan 9 2015, 75+100KB
Dec 29 2014, 63+88+93KB
Spectrum on Dec 29 2014, 19KB
Dec 27 2014, 64+96KB
Dec 20 2014, 68+93KB
Dec 14 2014, 65KB



Comet Siding Spring (C/2013A1 Siding Spring)

  This is a comet newly discovered at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia on Jan 3, 2014. After the comet was observed with 10th magnitude in July 2014, we could witness the comet approached to the Mars with a distance of only 140 thousand km on Oct 19.
Oct 19 2014, Rendez-vous with Mars, 69KB



Comet Catalina (C/2013UQ4 Catalina)

  This is a comet newly discovered by the Catalina sky survey in Arizona Univ. on Oct 22, 2013. Although the comet had brightened up to 9th magnitude in beginning of Jul 2014, cannot be observed because of bad weather conditions.
Jul 26 2014, 66KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2012K1 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on May 19, 2012 with a brightness of 19.7th magnitude. The comet brightened about 6th or 7th magnitude in autumn of 2014.
Dec 14 2014, 68KB
Early morning of Oct 19 2014, 67KB
May 31 2014, 64KB
May 1 2014, 74KB
Mar 28 2014, 61KB



Comet Jacques (C/2014E2 Jacques)

  This is a newly discovered comet by a Brasilian observer of Mr. Cristovao Jacques on Mar 13, 2014. Tthe comet brightened about 7th magnitude in summer of the year.
Sep 20 2014, 71KB
Sep 14 2014, 96KB
Jul 26 2014, 67KB
May 2 2014, 71KB
Mar 22 2014, 63KB



Comet ISON (C/2012S1 ISON)

  The comet was discovered on Sep 21, 2012 by two observers in Belarus. The comet closed to the sun on Nov 29, 2013 with 0.01AU in distance, and it was predited that will be a bright naked eye comet in Dec of the year.
But the comet collapsed in its perihelion, fell short our expectation.
ISON: International Scientific Optical Network
Early morning of Nov 23 2013, 34+39KB
Early morning of Nov 22 2013, 112+51+63KB
Early morning of Nov 20 2013, 113+45KB
Early morning of Nov 17 2013, 41+74KB
Early morning of Nov 14 2013, 83+86KB
Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 83+80KB
Early morning of Nov 8 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 79KB
Early morning of Nov 2 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Oct 27 2013, 72KB
Early morning of Oct 13 2013, 76KB
Early morning of Sep 29 2013, 87KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2012X1 LINEAR)

  The comet was discovered on Dec 8, 2012 by the automated survey of Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team. The comet had a sudden outburst in Oct 2013, brightened from 14th to 8th magnitude, can be observed an anomalous shell-like coma.
May 2 2014, 63KB
Early morning of Feb 1 2014, 74KB
Early morning of Jan 5 2014, 67KB
Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 69KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 69KB
Early morning of Oct 31 2013, 65KB
Early morning of Oct 27 2013, 56KB



Comet Lovejoy (C/2013R1 Lovejoy)

  The comet was discovered on Sep 7, 2013 by an Australian comet seeker of Mr. Terry Lovejoy. The comet is brighten up to about 4th magnitude, can be observed under fairly good condition in the northern skies from Nov to Dec 2013.
Early morning of Feb 1 2014, 84+105KB
Early morning of Jan 5 2014, 76+68KB
Early morning of Dec 29 2013, 73+54KB
Early morning of Dec 14 2013, 151+88KB
Early morning of Dec 7 & 8 2013, 110+73+61KB
Image & spectral profile on early morning of Dec 1 2013, 65+30KB
Early morning of Nov 30 2013, 69+110+71KB
Early morning of Nov 29 2013, 81+77KB
Early morning of Nov 23 2013, 61+70KB
Early morning of Nov 20 2013, 57KB
Early morning of Nov 17 2013, 50KB
Early morning of Nov 14 2013, 71+87KB
Nov 11 2013, 76+88KB>
Nov 8 2013, 90KB
Nov 7 2013, 66KB
Nov 5 2013, 75KB
Nov 1 2013, 62KB
Oct 30 2013, 67KB
Oct 12 2013, 82KB



Comet Nevski (C/2013V3 Nevski)

  The comet was newly discovered on Nov 6, 2013, moving from Leo to Ursa Major in higher dawn skies in end of the year. The nebula-like distributed coma is being observed with a brightness of 10th magnitude.
Dec 6 2013, 55KB
Nov 29 2013, 49KB



Comet Brewington (154P/ Brewington)

  The comet is periodic one of 10.8 years discovered in 1992. The third return of the comet is moving in the autumnal middle sky, observed with 10th magnitude in maximum.
Dec 7 2013, 56KB
Nov 30 2013, 57KB



Comet Encke (2P/ Encke)

  Comet Encke is one of periodic comets with the shortest period of only 3.3 years, has appearance records since 1786. In this return, the comet will travel from Leo to Virgo in Oct to Dec 2013, we can observe with a brightness of 7th magnitude in maximum.
Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 63KB
Early morning of Nov 8 2013, 64KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 84KB
Early morning of Oct 31 2013, 61KB
Oct 12 2013, 64KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011L4 PanSTARRS)

  A comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS 1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Jun 6, 2011. The comet was observed as a naked-eye comet about 2nd magnitude in spring 2013.
May 4, 2013, 75KB
May 2, 2013, 74+100KB
Early morning of Apr 13, 2013, 70+66KB
Early morning of Apr 8, 2013, 67+73KB
Early morning of Apr 4, 2013, 74+65KB
Mar 16, 2013, 58+37+33KB
Mar 15, 2013, 53+56KB
Mar 14, 2013, 53+51KB
Mar 11, 2013, 54+57KB
Mar 10, 2013, 54KB
Aug 19, 2012, 63KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2012K5 LINEAR)

  It's a newly discovered comet on May 25, 2012, the comet brightened about 8th magnitude in end of 2012 and beggining of 2013 in northern skies.
Jan 12, 2013, 68KB
Dec 22, 2012, 71KB
Early morning of Dec 9, 2012, 64KB
Early morning of Nov 18, 2012, 55KB



Comet Lemmon (C/2012F6 Lemmon)

  It's a newly discovered comet on Mar 23 by Mt. Lemmon Survey. The comet was observed with 9th or 10th magnitude in end of 2012, and brightened about 5th magnitude in Apr 2013 at southern hemisphere.
Aug 11, 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Dec 23, 2012, 72KB
Early morning of Dec 9, 2012, 51KB



Comet Hergenrother (168P/ Hergenrother)

  A 6.9 year periodic comet discovered on Dec 5, 1998. The comet has brightened suddenly in Sep 2012, just before its 2nd return, can be observed with 9th magnitude.
Dec 8, 2012, 66KB
Nov 17, 2012, 63KB
Oct 20, 2012, 67KB
Oct 12, 2012, 58KB



Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P/ Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova)

  This is a comet with period of 5.25 years discovered by 3 seekers including a Japanese in 1948. After passed perihelion in Sep. 2011 of 12th return from its discovery, the comet could be observed in eastern dawn skies with 6 or 7th magnitude in brightness.
Early morning of Oct 4, 2011, 65KB



Comet Garradd (C/2009P1 Garradd)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Aug 13, 2009, at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. It's predicted that the comet will be 6th or 7th magnitude in end of 2011.
Spectrum of early morning of Jan 29, 2012B

May 12, 2012, 75KB
Mar 24, 2012, 71KB
Feb 18, 2012, 64KB
Early morning of Jan 28, 2012, 60KB
Early morning of Dec 30, 2011, 69KB
Nov 20, 2011, 86KB
Sep 23, 2011, 76KB
Aug 29, 2011, 72+79KB
Aug 10, 2011, 75KB
Aug 5, 2011, 65KB
Jul 5, 2011, 64KB



Comet Hartlay 2 (103P/ Hartlay 2)

  It's a comet with period of 6.47 years discovered in 1986. This 4th return has fairly good observating condition, the comet was be a naked-eye comet with 5th magnitude or so in autumn of 2010.
Dec 9, 2010, 51KB
Nov 27, 2010, 69KB
Nov 5, 2010, 60+72+83KB
Oct 10, 2010, 66+56+62KB
Sep 18, 2010, 68KB
Sep 10, 2010, 57KB
Sep 4, 2010, 60KB



Comet Tempel 2 (10P/ Tempel 2)

  A short periodic comet of 5.37 years discovered in 1873. This is 26th return after its discovery, observed with 8th magnitude in southeast skies in summer of 2010.
Sep 18, 2010, 51KB
Sep 10, 2010, 56KB
Aug 12, 2010, 51KB
Jul 17, 2010, 50KB



Comet McNaught (C/2009R1 McNaught)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Sep 9, 2009 by Mr. R.H. McNaught in Siding Spring observatory, Australia. The comet started to be observed from May 2010 in eastern dusk skies, brightened about 5th magnitude in Jun 2010.
Early morning of Jun 17, 2010, 53KB
Early morning of Jun 12, 2010, 57KB
Early morning of Jun 6, 2010, 57+54KB
Early morning of Jun 1, 2010, 52+51KB
Early morning of May 22, 2010, 57KB
Early morning of May 18, 2010, 43KB
Early morning of May 9, 2010, 46KB



Comet McNaught (C/2009K5 McNaught)

  This is a newly discovered comet on May 27, 2009 by Mr. R.H. McNaught in Siding Spring observatory, Australia. The comet started to be observed from Mar 2010 in eastern dusk skies with its brightness of about first magnitude brighter than the prediction, became about 8th magnitude or so in April.
Jun 5, 2010, 51KB
May 21, 2010, 50KB
May 15, 2010, 40KB
May 8, 2010, 46KB
Apr 17, 2010, 79KB
Mar 21, 2010, 53KB
Mar 13, 2010, 62KB



Comet Wild 2 (81P/ Wild 2)

  A 6.42 years periodic comet discovered in 1978. This is the 5th return of the comet, could be observed with 9 or 10th magnitude in southern skies before dawn in Jan to Mar 2010.
This comet is also known that a spacecraft of Stardust launched by NASA has visited, and succeeded to return a sample capsule of comet's dust for the first time.
Apr 17, 2010, 59KB
Mar 21, 2010, 59KB
Mar 13, 2010, 54KB
Feb 18, 2010, 55KB
Feb 6, 2010, 63KB
Early morning of Jan 23, 2010, 53KB
Early morning of Jan 17, 2010, 44KB
Early morning of Jan 11, 2010, 48KB



Comet Siding Spring (C/2007Q3 Siding Spring)

  Newly discovered comet on Aug 25, 2007 at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. The comet could be observed with 9th or 10th magnitude in brightness in end of 2009 to beginning of 2010.
Mar 21, 2010, 64KB
Mar 13, 2010, 65KB
Feb 18, 2010, 49KB
Feb 6, 2010, 54KB
Early morning of Jan 23, 2010, 48KB
Early morning of Jan 17, 2010, 41KB
Early morning of Jan 11, 2010, 55KB
Early morning of Dec 27, 2009, 50KB
Early morning of Dec 20, 2009, 37KB



Comet Christensen (C/2006W3 Christensen)

  It's a newly discovered comet by Catalina Sky Survey on Nov 18, 2006. The comet was observed about 8th magnitude in summer of 2009.
Oct 11, 2009, 56KB
Sep 20, 2009, 59KB
Aug 14, 2009, 60KB
Jan 17, 2009, 43KB
Dec 28, 2008, 49KB
Nov 28, 2008, 47KB
Nov 23, 2008, 54KB



Comet Itagaki (C/2009E1 Itagaki)

  This comet was discovered by a Japanese seeker of Mr. Kouichi Itagaki on Mar 14, 2009. In March 2009, the comet can be observed in western dusk skies in March.
Mar 28, 2009, 52KB
Mar 20, 2009, 53KB



Comet Lulin (C/2007N3 Lulin)

  A newly discovered comet on July 11, 2007. The comet could be observed with 5th magnitude in Feb 2009.
Apr 17, 2009, 57KB
Mar 28, 2009, 45KB
Mar 20, 2009, 49+71KB
Mar 14, 2009, 52+62KB
Mar 6, 2009, 35+66KB
Feb 21, 2009, 38+84+83KB
Early morning of Feb 7, 2009, 48+62KB
Early morning of Feb 1, 2009, 45+60KB
Early morning of Jan 25, 2009, 40KB
Early morning of Dec 29, 2008, 48KB



Comet Kushida (144P/ Kushida)

  It's a 7.6 years periodic comet discovered by a Japanese comet seeker Mr. Yoshio Kushida in 1994.
  This is the 3rd return of the comet from its discovery, and became brighter than its prediction, it will be about 8th magnitude in Jan & Feb 2009.
Mar 20, 2009, 57KB
Feb 14, 2009, 45KB
Jan 24, 2009, 49KB
Jan 17, 2009, 51KB



Comet Broughton (C/2006OF2 Broughton)

  A newly discovered comet on July 17, 2006. The comet was observed with 10th magnitude in end of 2008 to beginning of 2009.
Jan 17, 2009, 41KB
Dec 28, 2008, 64KB
Nov 28, 2008, 55KB
Nov 23, 2008, 62KB



Comet Boattini (C/2007W1 Boattini)

  It's a newly discovered by A. Boattini on Nov 20, 2007. The comet brightened up about 4th magnitude in end of June 2008.
Early morning of Aug 10, 2008, 63KB
Early morning of Aug 3, 2008, 66KB
Early morning of Jul 6, 2008, 60KB
May 3, 2008, 41KB
Apr 28, 2008, 50KB
Apr 4, 2008, 54KB



Comet Chen-Gao (C/2008C1 Chen-Gao)

  It's a comet discovered by two Chinese amateur comet-seekers on Feb 1, 2008. The comet can be observed in Apr 2008 with 9th magnitude in maximum.
Apr 5, 2008, 50KB



Comet Wirtanen (46P/ Wirtanen)

  It's a 5.4 years periodic comet discovered in 1948. The comet was observed in evening skies from Jan to Mar 2008 under good condition, brightened up to about 8th magnitude.

Apr 5, 2008, 55KB
Mar 8, 2008, 75+59KB
Mar 1, 2008, 41KB
Feb 10, 2008, 54KB
Jan 26, 2008, 51KB
Jan 13, 2008, 53KB
Jan 5, 2008, 65KB



Comet Tuttle (8P/ Tuttle)

  It's a 13.6 years periodic comet discovered in 1858. This time is the 11th return and it was observed with about 6th magnitude in brightness in Jan 2008.

Jan 26, 2008, 38KB
Jan 13, 2008, 55KB
Jan 4, 2008, 78KB
Dec 31, 2007, 75+83KB
Dec 14, 2007, 57KB
Dec 1, 2007, 62KB



Comet Holmes (17P/ Holmes)

  It's a 6.88 years periodic comet discovered in 1892. On Oct 25, 2007, the comet had an extraordinary big outburst and brightened its magnitude from 17th to 2nd or so, became a naked eye comet suddenly. A round shaped coma was observed in northern autumnal night skies.

Change of comet Holmes

Apr 28, 2008, 79KB
Mar 8, 2008, 68+96KB
Mar 1, 2008, 65+65KB
Feb 10, 2008, 73+71KB
Feb 1, 2008, 72+89KB
Jan 26, 2008, 80+91KB
Jan 13, 2008, 76KB
Jan 5, 2008, 85KB
Dec 31, 2007, 78+90KB
Dec 13 till 15, 2007, 162+80KB
Dec 8, 2007, 69+158KB
Dec 1, 2007, 70+158KB
Early morning of Nov 23, 2007, 66+63+69KB
Nov 16 & 17, 2007, 57+117KB
Nov 14, 2007, 60+76+61KB
Nov 11, 2007, 47+121KB
Nov 7, 2007, 49+118KB
Evening of Nov 3 till early morning of Nov 4, 2007, 53+59+58+47KB
Early morning of Nov 3, 2007, 51+58KB
Oct 31, 2007, 56+36KB
Oct 29, 2007, 40KB
Oct 27, 2007, 37+39+32KB



Comet LONEOS (C/20067F1 LONEOS)

  It's a newly discovered comet by Lowell Observatory searching team on Mar 19, 2007. The comet was observed in lower evening sky with a brightness of 6th magnitude in Oct 2007.

Oct 20, 2007, 44KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2006VZ13 LINEAR)

  It's a newly discovered comet by LINEAR team on Nov 9, 2006. It was observed with 7th magnitude in maximum in July 2007.

Jul 15, 2007, 47KB
Jun 15, 2007, 78KB



Comet Machholtz 1 (96P/ Machholtz 1)

  It's a 5.24 years periodic comet discovered in 1986, this is fourth return since its discovery. The comet grazed the sun in beginning of Apr 2007 and brighten up to about 1st magnitude. And its dimmed figure could be observed in lower dawn sky from end of the month.

May 11, 2007, 62KB
Apr 28, 2007, 63KB



Comet Lovejoy (C/2007E2 Lovejoy)

  It's a newly discovered comet with 10th magnitude coma by an Australian observer Mr. Terry Lovejoy on Mar 15, 2007. The comet appeared in lower southeast skies from Apr 2007 at northern hemisphere, and the comet brightened about 8th magnitude in maximum.

May 26, 2007, 51KB
May 11, 2007, 52KB
Apr 28, 2007, 65KB
Early morning of Apr 15, 2007, 49KB




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