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Comet Ikeya-Seki

Comet Ikeya-Seki

C021/0621

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3321 x 2710 pixels

28.2 x 22.9 cm ⏐ 11.1 x 9.0 in (300dpi)

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Credit

DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

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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