Swan Updated again. Still looks like something coming up from the south albeit less bright than before. Is this object some sort of dark object difficult to see? Is that why it has not been seen as a new comet by astronomers? UPDATED MERGED ANIMATION
|1/25/2005 6:44:54 AM Pacific Standard Time
Kent, I have been watching the comet on SWAN now for over 4 months. It was coming in from behind the Sun and just seems to have recently passed under the Sun. I asked on GLP what comet it was and it was replied that it was 2003K4 I believe. That comet is about 2 AU from the sun and still going south as far as the JPL orbit diagrams indicate. So I dont believe that is correct. Well the comet now appears to have rounded the sun and is headed North. This is the same comet that Nancy claimed was PX on Zetatalk then Nasa stopped updating SWAN for nearly a month, the latest update almost looks redacted. What do you make of it? ANIMATION
KENT: Hmmm, something does appear to be tracking north in roughly the same [2D-view] path as did Comet Macholtz. Now over at SWAN to see what's happening---this might require a few more days of watch.
|1/25/2005 4:00:50 PM Pacific Standard Time
What makes it a little difficult to see is when the comet transitions from the Far Side to the Near Side of the sun where it is now. My first thought was this may be the real deep impact target or maybe Nancy is right?
Pic of the K4 comet on the C3 Lasco along with another comet [note the date]
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