[AZ-Observing] Comet Machholz Information from Comets Mailing List

  • From: "Tom Polakis" <tpolakis@xxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 13:56:55 -0700

Several items gleaned from the Comets Mailing List (http://groups.yahoo.

- Jose Pablo Navarro Pina of Spain used visual magnitude estimates to 
update the maximum brightness of the comet.  It is running a little 
brighter than the original predictions.  This means it should reach +3.4 
in mid-January rather than +4.1.  His extrapolation assumes the comet is 
going to behave itself.


- Recently discovered comet C/2004 V4 (NEAT) will be superposed on the 
coma of Comet Machholz on January 1.  The minimum separation is 2.3' at 
17h UT (10:00 a.m. MST).  The bad news is that the fainter comet will be 
magnitude 17!

- Don Machholz's Web site contains an illustrated personal account.  You 
may have read this already, but it's good to see that he scanned his raw 
discovery notes, shown on the second page of this document:


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