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Comet Garradd (C/2006L1 Garradd)

  It's a newly discovered comet by the survey of Siding Spring Observatory in Australia on Jun 4, 2006. It's predicted that the comet will be observed with 9th or 10th magnitude from Oct to Dec of the year.

Nov 25, 2006, 44KB



Comet SWAN (C/2006M4 SWAN)

  It's a new comet found in an observing device of the SOHO satellite on Jun20, 2006. The comet started to be observed in lower northwest evening skies from Oct 2006, and had a outbust on Oct 24, brighten up from 7th to 4th magnitude.

Nov 25, 2006, 78KB
Oct 28, 2006, 38KB



Comet Faye (4P/ Faye)

  Comet Faye is a historical periodic comet discovered in 1843 return in every 7.55 years. This time is the 22nd return from its discovery. The comet brightened up about 8th magnitude in autumn and winter of 2006.

Nov 25, 2006, 43KB
Oct 27, 2006, 56KB
Sep 23, 2006, 66KB
Aug 19, 2006, 53KB



Comet Barnard 2 (177P/ Barnard 2)

  It's a comet detected by LINEAR team on Jun 23, 2006. It becomes clear that the comet is the first return of the comet Barnard 2 discovered in 1889, and assigned the number of periodic comet. In Autumn of 2006, the comet was observed with a brightness of 8th magnitude, 4 or 5th magnitude brighter than that of the prediction.

Aug 19, 2006, 54KB
Aug 4, 2006, 56+53KB
Jul 29, 2006, 66KB



Comet Pojmanski (C/2006A1 Pojmanski)

  A new comet discovered in flame of ASAS project of the Las Campanas observatory in Chile on Jan 1, 2006. The comet could be observed at Japan from end of Feb in lower southeast dawn skies, and has a 5th magnitude coma and a long ion tail in early of Mar.

Early morning of Apr 22, 2006, 87KB
Early morning of Apr 1, 2006, 65KB
Early morning of Mar 5, 2006, 77+70KB
Early morning of Mar 4, 2006, 75+67KB



Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3)

  A small comet with a period of 5.3 years discovered in 1930. The coma divided in 1995, the comet has three major components of C(main coma), B and E. The comet was being a naked eye comet in May 2006 close to the Earth about 11 millions kilometers.

Sep 23, 2006, 60KB
Early morning of May 21, 2006, 77KB
May 3 & 4, 2006, 97+76+98KB
May 2, 2006, 94+95KB
Apr 27, 2006, 92+116+77KB
Apr 21, 2006, 87+78KB
Mar 31, 2006, 76KB
Mar 3, 2006, 63KB
Feb 4, 2006, 90KB



Comet McNaught (C/2005E2 McNaught)

  A new comet discovered on Mar 12, 2005 by a comet seeker of Mr. R.H.McNaught at Australia. The comet was observed with a brightness of about 10th magnitude in Jan from Mar 2006.

Mar 4, 2006, 50KB
Jan 28, 2006, 50KB
Dec 24, 2005, 45KB
Dec 3, 2005, 63KB



Comet Giacobini-Zinner (21P/ Giacobini-Zinner)

  One of short-period comet with 6.62 years discovered on 1900. This is 16th return since its discovery, the comet was observed with a brightness of about 10th magnitude in July 2005.

Early morning of May 21, 2005, 51KB



Comet Tempel 1 (9P/ Tempel1)

  It's a typical short-periodic comet with its period of 5.5 years, brightened up to about 9th magnitude in July 2005. NASA launched a space craft of "Deep-impact" and hit a small impactor module against the necleus of comet successfully on July 4, 2005.

Jun 25, 2005, 58KB
Apr 29, 2005, 61KB
Apr 8, 2005, 40KB



Comet Machholz (C/2004Q2 Machholz)

  It's a new comet found by Mr. D.E. Machholz in Eridanus on Aug 27, 2004. This comet was observed as a naked eye one around the end of 2004 to beginning of 2005.

May 7, 2005, 68KB
Apr 16, 2005, 79KB
Apr 8 & 9, 2005, 41+61KB
Mar 19, 2005, 84+71KB
Mar 12, 2005, 75KB
Mar 6, 2005, 78+58KB
Feb 26, 2005, 80+84KB
Feb 11, 2005, 80KB
Feb 5, 2005, 137+76KB
Jan 30, 2005 (with Double Clusters), 58+53KB
Jan 22, 2005 (with Mel. 20), 64+66KB
with Pleiades & California Nebula, 71KB
Movement for 3 days, 123KB
Rendez-vous with M45 (Jan 7 & 8, 2005), 78+79KB
Jan 9, 2005 (Change of ion tail), 151KB
Jan 7, 2005, 63+163KB
Jan 1, 2005, 109KB
Dec 30, 2004, 53+152KB
Dec 18, 2004, 77KB
Dec 17, 2004, 87+122KB
Dec 16, 2004, 91+119KB
Dec 10, 2004, 82+90KB
Dec 8, 2004, 89KB
Dec 6, 2004, 127KB
Nov 20, 2004, 46+68KB
Nov 12, 2004, 57KB
Nov 9, 2004, 40+60KB
Nov 6, 2004, 45KB
Oct 22 & 23, 2004, 50+51KB
Oct 16, 2004, 52KB



Comet 2003T4 LINEAR (C/2003T4 LINEAR)

  This is a new comet discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team on Oct 13, 2003. The comet is predicted to be 8th magnitude in spring 2005.
Early morning of Mar 20, 2005, 42KB
Feb 11, 2005, 54KB
Jan 7, 2005, 33KB
Dec 11, 2004, 37KB



Comet 2005A1 LINEAR (C/2005A1 LINEAR)

  This is the first discovered comet in 2005 by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team on Jan 13, 2005. The comet is predicted to be 8th magnitude in spring 2005, but it cannot be observed at Japan on and after Feb 2005.
Jan 21, 2005, 54KB



Comet Tsuchinshan 1 (62P/Tsuchinshan1)

  This is a 6.63 year periodic comet discovered at Tsuchinshan chinese national observatory in 1965. This is 6th return from its discovery, moved east from Cancer to Leo in Nov 2004 till Jan 2005, brighten about 11th magnitude in maximum.
Jan 21, 2005, 40KB
Jan 7, 2005, 40KB
Dec 22, 2004, 57KB



Comet Tucker (C/2004Q1 Tucker)

  A new comet discovered by Mr. R.A.Tucker, Arizona, on Aug 23, 2004 in constellation of Cetus. The comet is moving northward in Autumnal skies of Oct to Nov 2004, having brightness of 10th mag. or so in maximum.
Dec 11, 2004, 54KB
Nov 20, 2004, 42KB
Oct 22, 2004, 53KB
Oct 15, 2004, 43KB



Comet Gehrels 2 (79P/Gehrels2)

  It's a 7.2 years periodical comet found in 1973, this is 4th return from its discovery. The comet was observed with 11th magniude in Oct & Nov 2004.
Jan 8, 2005, 47KB
Dec 18, 2004, 44KB
Nov 20, 2004, 55KB
Oct 22, 2004, 56KB
Oct 16, 2004, 44KB



Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 (29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann1)

  A 14.7 years periodical comet discovered in 1927. Its orbit is almost round just outer of Jupiter, this return is five times from its discovery. And the comet is known that has frequent outbursts, observed with 11th mag., about 2nd mag. brighter than that of prediction in Oct 2004.
Oct 22, 2004, 64KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2003K4 LINEAR)

  This is a new comet discovered in the constellation of Cygnus by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) on May 28, 2003. The comet is observed in evening west sky in summer of 2004 with a brightness of 6th or 7th magnitude.

Feb 11, 2005, 58KB
Nov 19, 2004, 49KB
Aug 12, 2004, 51KB
Jul 23, 2004, 58KB



Comet SWAN (C/2004H6 SWAN)

  It's a new comet found in a observing device of the SOHO satellite, the name of SWAN is that of the device. The comet was observed in Jun and Jul 2004 with a brightness of 7th magnitude.

Jul 23, 2004, 64KB



Comet NEAT (C/2001Q4 NEAT)

  This is a comet discovered by NEAT (Near-Earth Asteroids Tracking program) team, in NASA, on Aug 24, 2001. The comet was positioned beyond the orbit of Saturn when discovered. It's the most distant record of comet's discovery. We can appreciate the comet with a splendid appearance in western evening sky in May 2004.

Oct 23, 2004, 49+64KB
Jul 23, 2004, 39KB
Jun 5, 2004, 73+74KB
May 21, 2004, 61+63KB
Comet NEAT setting to Mt. Fuji (May 14, 2004), 67KB
May 11, 2004, 78KB



Comet Bradfield (C/2004F4 Bradfield)

  A new comet discovered by a famous Australian comet seeker Mr. W.A.Bradfield on Mar 23, 2004. He found the comet out in lower western sky in evening, and the comet passed the sun and moved to northeastern dawn sky in April. And in end of Apr 2004, we could appreciate it with a splendid tail over 10 degrees in length.

Early morning of May 15, 2004, 53KB
Early morning of Apr 30, 2004, 49KB
Early morning of Apr 29, 2004, 41+43KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2002T7 LINEAR)

  This is a comet discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) on Oct 14, 2002. Now it's expected that this comet will be a great and bright one about 1st magnitude in spring of 2004.

Jun 5, 2004, 78KB
Early morning of Apr 29, 2004, 35+57KB
Early morning of Apr 25, 2004, 33KB
Jan 31, 2004, 52KB
Dec 27, 2003, 75KB
Dec 13, 2003, 66KB
Nov 23, 2003, 51KB



Comet Encke (2P/ Encke)

  Comet Encke is one of periodic comets with the shortest period of only 3.3 years, and there are appearance records since 1786. In this return the comet traveled from Andromeda to Cygnus, we could observe with a brightness of 7th magnitude or so.

Evening on Nov 22, 2003, 54KB



Comet NEAT (C/2002V1 NEAT)

  This is a new comet discovered by NEAT (Near-Earth Asteroids Tracking program) team, in NASA, on Nov 6, 2002. The comet has an orbit close to the sun about 0.1AU in Feb 2003, we could observe as a naked-eye comet from the end of Jan to Feb, 2003.

Evening on Feb 1, 2003, 53KB
Evening on Jan 25, 2003, 79KB



Comet Kudo-Fujikawa (C/2002X5 Kudo-Fujikawa)

  It's a new comet discovered by two Japanese comet-seekers of Mr. Tetsuo Kudo in Kumamoto and Mr. Shigehisa Fujikawa in Kagawa on Dec 14 & 15, 2002. The comet traveled from Bootes to Serpens, and became a naked eye comet in January 2003.

On evening of Mar 9, 2003, 38KB
On early morning of Dec 29, 2002, 76KB



Comet Ikeya-Zhang (C/2002C1 Ikeya-Zhang)

  It's a new comet discovered by two comet-seekers of Mr. Kaoru Ikeya in Shizuoka, Japan and Mr. Zhang in China on Feb 1, 2002. And Mr. Ikeya is well known as a discoverer of comet Ikeya-Seki, one of greatest comets in 20th century.
  Comet Ikeya-Zhang was observed as a naked-eye comet in March and April, 2002. And it's pointed out that the comet may be recurrence of 17th century's comet observed in 1661.

On May 18, 2002, Consists of 3 images, total 152KB
Evening on May 2, 2002, 56KB
Early morning on Apr 29, 2002, 43KB
Early morning on Apr 14, 2002, Consists of 5 images, total 207KB
Evening on Mar 30, 2002, Consists of 4 images, total 113KB
Evening on Mar 16, 2002, Consists of 4 images, total 160KB
Evening on Mar 8 & 9, 2002, Consists of 3 images, total 115KB
Evening on Feb 23, 2002, f=1600mm, 27KB
Evening on Feb 10, 2002, f=1600mm, 52KB




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