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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Comet Ikeya-Seki passing through the sky. Discovered in 1965 by Japanese astronomers Kaory Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki, this comet was a Kreutz sungrazer. This means that it is a fragment of a larger comet which is thought to have broken up in 1106. Viewed from Earth in 1965, this was one of the brightest comets in history.
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