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Comet Hoenig

Comet Hoenig

Comet Hoenig was first discovered in late July 2002. The blink sequence of 15 images presented here was taken on 7-30-02, several days after its discovery as it made a beeline across the Andromeda Cassopeia border. The comet was discovered by Sebastian Hoenig from near Heidelberg, Germany. A faint tail can be seen extending toward the four o'clock position. The comet will reach perihelion (its closest point to the sun) on October 1, 2002, between the orbits of Venus and the Earth. It is travelling in a near-parabolic orbit inclined 73 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic.

DETAILS: Imaged with an LX200 10" and ST-10XME CCD camera in 15 two minute integrations. No processing was applied.

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