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73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

Images from the 1995 apparition

T. Puckett image of 73P exposed on 1995 October 17
Copyright © 1995 by Tim Puckett (The Puckett Observatory, Georgia, USA)

This image was taken on 1995 October 17, using a 30-cm telescope and an SBIG ST6 CCD camera.


A. Nakamura image of 73P exposed on 1995 November 16
Copyright © 1995 by Akimasa Nakamura (Kuma Kogen Astronomical Observatory, Japan)

This CCD image was taken on 1995 November 16, using a 60-cm f/6 Ritchey-Chretien telescope.


Kazuyuki Ito image of 73P exposed on 1995 November 16
Copyright © 1995 by Kazuyuki Ito (Sengamine Observatory, Hyogo, Japan)

This image was taken on 1995 November 25.38, using a 20-cm reflector and an SBIG ST6 CCD camera.


J. Scotti image of 73P exposed on 1995 December 27

The image above was provided by Jim V. Scotti. He obtained it using the 91-cm Spacewatch telescope on 1995 December 27. The mottled bar-like nucleus is obvious, with at least two nuclei then present. The unusual appearance of the coma and tail reported by so many observers at that time is plainly shown in this image.

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