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C/1995O1 Hale-Bopp Comets & Meteors
-- Wanderers in Solar System
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We can hardly recognize the changes of almost all the celestial objects. However, the comet, appears suddenly and leaves in a short period of time, is one of rare astronomical events that we can never see the same one during our lifetime. I have collected images of various comets and meteors in this section.



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Comet ATLAS (C/2020M3 ATLAS)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Jun 27, 2020 by "Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) search program" operated by Hawaii Univ. It's predited that the comet will brighten up to 8th magnitude from Nov to Dec 2020 and crossing northward in winter constellations.

Nov 20 2020, 138KB Added on Nov 23, 2020
Nov 13 2020, 107KB Added on Nov 17, 2020
Oct 23 2020, 98KB



Comet Erasmus (C/2020S3 Erasmus)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Sep 17, 2020 by Nicolas Erasmus in the "Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) search program" operated by Hawaii Univ. It's predited that the comet will brighten up to 6th magnitude in Dec 2020, observable untill the end of Nov with 7th magnitude.

Early morning of Nov 21 2020, 117KB Added on Nov 23, 2020
Early morning of Nov 14 2020, 77KB Added on Nov 17, 2020



Comet NEOWISE (C/2020F3 NEOWISE)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Mar 27, 2020 by "Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE)" satellite of NASA. The comet brightened up to -1st magnitude in lower northeast dawn sky in beginning of July 2020. And moved to evening northwest sky, observed splendid over 10°-long tails.

Aug 15 2020, 282KB
Aug 7 2020, 340+376+491KB
Jul 31 2020, 235+297KB
Jul 23 2020, 340KB
Jul 19 2020, 317+359+406+326+475KB



Comet Lemmon (C/2019U6 Lemmon)

  It's a newly discovered comet on Oct 31, 2019 by Mt. Lemmon Survey. The comet brightened up to 6th magnitude in Jun 2020, observed getting dimmer in evening west skies.

Aug 7 2020, 80KB
Jul 19 2020, 54KB



Comet ATLAS (C/2019Y4 ATLAS)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Dec 28, 2019 by "Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) search program" operated by Hawaii Univ. Initially it was predicted that the comet would close to the sun with distance of 0.25au and brighten up to -1st magnitude in end of May 2020. However the nucleus collapsed on Apr 6, 2020, unfortunately we have lost a rare opportunity to appreciate a naked eye-comet in May 2020.

Apr 25 2020, 123KB
Apr 10 2020 (with NGC2403), 96+488KB
Mar 20 2020 (with M81 & M82), 91+572KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017T2 PanSTARRS)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Oct 2, 2017 by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii. The comet brightened up to about 8th magnitude in May 2020 under good condition.

Jun 9 2020 (with Arp299 galaxy), 84+75KB
Apr 25 2020, 127KB
Mar 20 2020, 142KB
Feb 23 2020 (with Double Cluster, IC1805 & IC1848), 120+683KB
Jan 31 2020 (with Double Cluster), 174+745KB
Jan 2 2020, 138KB
Dec 27 2019, 110KB
Nov 29 2019, 138KB
Nov 3 2019, 164KB
Oct 26 2019, 135KB



Comet Borisov (2I/ Borisov)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Aug 30, 2019 by Gennady Borisov at an observatory in Crimea. It was firstly confirmed that the comet was an interstellar comet from out of solar system along a hyperbolic orbit with eccentricity of 3.3, resistered as the second interstellar object of "2I" after 1I/'Oumuamua discovered in 2017. The comet closed to the Earth with distance of about 2 au; we could observe with 15th magnitude in Dec 2019.

Early morning of Dec 28 2019, 140KB
Early morning of Nov 30 2019, 76KB
Early morning of Nov 10 2019, 76KB
Early morning of Nov 4 2019, 148KB
Early morning of Oct 10 2019, 90KB



Comet Africano (C/2018W2 Africano)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Nov 27, 2018 by B.M.Africano with the Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona. The comet was observed with 8th magnitude in autumn of 2019.

Oct 26 2019, 75KB
Oct 4 2019, 58KB
Sep 27 2019, 80KB
Early morning of Aug 4 2019, 106KB



Comet Iwamoto (C/2018Y1 Iwamoto)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Dec 18, 2018 by a Japanese comet seeker. The comet brightened up to 7th magnitude in Feb 2019 and observed under good conditions.

Mar 9 2019, 81KB
Mar 1 2019 (with IC405 & IC410), 90+138KB
Feb 23 2019, 89KB
Feb 16 2019, 72KB
Feb 1 & 2 2019, 105+86KB
Early morning of Dec 30 2018, 80KB



Comet Wirtanen (46P/ Wirtanen)

  This comet is 5.4 year periodic one discovered in 1947. In December 2018, the comet has a great approach to the Earth in its 12th return, and we could appreciate the comet with a brightness of 3rd magnitude in maximum.

Feb 23 2019, 75KB
Feb 1 2019, 84KB
Jan 27 2019, 79KB
Dec 29 2018, 102+113KB
Spectrum on Dec 15 2018
Dec 14 & 15 2018, 69+121+165KB
Dec 8 2018, 70+85KB
Nov 10 2018, 62KB
Nov 3 2018, 39KB



Comet Stephan-Oterma (38P/ Stephan-Oterma)

  This comet is one of long-periods with 38 years discovered in 1867. The comet could be observed in Jan 2019 with 9th to 10th magnitude.

Feb 1 2019, 97KB
Dec 29 2018, 107KB
Dec 14 2018, 94KB
Dec 8 2018, 76KB
Nov 10 2018, 70KB
Nov 2 2018, 70KB



Comet Swift-Gehrels (64P/ Swift-Gehrels)

This is a 9.41 year period comet discovered in 1889. The comet was observed with 10th to 11th magnitude in Nov to Dec 2018.

Feb 1 2019, 97KB
Jan 27 2019 (with the Pleiades), 95+165KB
Dec 28 2018, 91KB
Dec 14 2018, 79KB
Dec 8 2018, 58KB
Nov 10 2018, 70KB
Nov 2 2018, 53KB



Comet Giacobini-Zinner (21P/ Giacobini-Zinner)

   This comet is short-period one with 6.54 years discovered in 1900. This is the 18th return since its discovery, the comet could be observed with a brightness of about 8th magnitude in August to September 2018 in higher northern skies.

Aug 16 & 17 2018 (with IC1805 & IC1848) , 77+133KB
Aug 9 2018 , 86KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2016R2 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Sep 7, 2016. The comet moves in winter constellations in latter half of 2017, observed with 11th magnitude for a long period.

Dec 22 2017 , 67KB



Comet Tsuchinshan 1 (62P/ Tsuchinshan 1)

  This is a 6.63 year periodic comet discovered at Tsuchinshan chinese national observatory in 1965. This is 8th return from its discovery, the comet was observed with 10th to 11th magnitude in east dawn skies.

Early morning of Dec 23 2017 , 49KB



Comet ASASSN (C/2017O1 ASASSN)

  A newly discovered comet on Jul 19, 2017 at the Inter-American observatory in Chile operated by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) project of the Ohio state univ. The comet was observed with about 8th magnitude in Oct 2017.

Dec 22 2017 , 70KB
Nov 11 2017 , 75KB
Sep 30 2017 (Rendez-vous with California Nebula), 65+101KB



Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (41P/ Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak)

  This is a 5.42 years periodic comet discovered in 1858. It's well known as one of comets with frequent burst. In April 2017, the 29th return since its discovery, the comet was obseved with 5th magnitude in brightness.

May 20 2017, 73KB
Apr 28 2017, 62KB
Apr 15 2017, 56KB
Mar 4 2017, 94KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2015ER61 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Mar 14, 2015. The comet had a burst in beginning of Apr 2017 and brightened to 6th magnitude.

Early morning of May 21 2017, 53KB
Early morning of Apr 29 2017, 65KB



Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P/ Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova)

  This is a comet with period of 5.25 years discovered by 3 seekers including a Japanese in 1948.
This approach was the 13th return since the discovery, the comet closed to the Earth in about 0.08 au in Feb 2017.
Mar 4 2017, 87KB
Feb 19 2017, 77KB
Early morning of Feb 5 2017, 107KB
Dec 30 2016, 56+65KB
Dec 24 2016, 67+95KB



Comet Johnson (C/2015V2 Johnson)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Nov 3, 2015 by a member of the Catalina Sky Survey team of Mr. J.A. Johnson. The comet was brighten up about 7th magnitude in summer of 2017.

May 20 2017, 66KB
Apr 28 2017, 65KB
Apr 15 2017, 64KB
Feb 3 2017, 69KB
Early morning of Dec 24 2016, 67KB



Comet NEOWISE (C/2016U1 NEOWISE)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Oct 21, 2016 by the NASA's WISE satellite of the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer project. We could observe the comet with 8th magnitude in maximum from end of 2016 to beginning of 2017 at northern hemisphere.

Early morning of Dec 31 2016, 89KB



Comet LINEAR (252P/ LINEAR)

  This 5.3 years-periodic comet has been dicovered on Apr 7, 2000 by the automated survey of Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team. In beginning of Mar 2016, the comet had a outburst and brightened from 14th to 10th magnitude in its 4th return, reached about 4th magnitude on Mar 21 at the closest approach to the Earth. In Apr 2016, we could observe a gigantic coma without tails.

May 1 2016, 84KB
Apr 9 2016, 89KB



Comet Catalina (C/2013UC10 Catalina)

  This is a comet newly discovered by the automated sky survey of Alizona univ. on Oct 31, 2013. The comet brightened about 5th magnitude in Dec 2015 to spring of 2016.

Feb 11 2016, 84KB
Feb 7 2016, 113KB
Early morning of Jan 16&17 2016, 80+191+136KB
Spectrum on early morning of Jan 9 2016
Early morning of Jan 9 to 11 2016, 77+235+306KB
Early morning of Jan 4&5 2016, 63+142KB
Early morning of Dec 20 2015, 55+106KB
Early morning of Dec 13 2015, 84+85KB
Early morning of Dec 8 & 9 2015, 34+74+131KB
Early morning of Dec 5 & 6 2015, 159+97KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2013X1 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Dec 4, 2013. The comet brightened about 5th to 6th magnitude in spring to summer of 2016.

Early morning of Jun 4 2016, 79+89KB
Early morning of May 8 2016, 73KB
Feb 11 2016, 78KB
Jan 3 & 9 2016, 170KB
Dec 30 2015, 70KB
Dec 5 2015, 80KB
Nov 15 2015, 64KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2014S2 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Sep 22, 2014 with a brightness of about 20th magnitude. The comet brightened about 9th magnitude in end of 2015 to beginning of 2016.

May 5 2016, 73KB
Apr 9 2016, 75KB
Early morning of Jan 16 2016, 73KB
Jan 3 2016, 89KB
Dec 30 2015, 63KB
Dec 5 2015, 71KB
Nov 15 2015, 64KB



Comet Lovejoy (C/2014Q2 Lovejoy)

  This is a comet newly discovered by an Australian comet seeker of Mr. Terry Lovejoy on Aug 17, 2014. The comet brightened about 5th magnitude in maximum in end of 2014 to the beginning of 2015.

Aug 15 2015, 87KB
Mar 14 2015, 77+114KB
Feb 14 2015, 85+150+160KB
Feb 11 2015, 84+145KB
Jan 24 2015, 73+190+103KB
Jan 23 2015, 75+142+136KB
Jan 17 2015, 70+113+156KB
Jan 11 2015, 79+81KB
Jan 10 2015, 74+91+146KB
Jan 9 2015, 75+100KB
Dec 29 2014, 63+88+93KB
Spectrum on Dec 29 2014, 19KB
Dec 27 2014, 64+96KB
Dec 20 2014, 68+93KB
Dec 14 2014, 65KB



Comet Siding Spring (C/2013A1 Siding Spring)

  This is a comet newly discovered at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia on Jan 3, 2014. After the comet was observed with 10th magnitude in July 2014, we could witness the comet approached to the Mars with a distance of only 140 thousand km on Oct 19.

Oct 19 2014, Rendez-vous with Mars, 69KB



Comet Catalina (C/2013UQ4 Catalina)

  This is a comet newly discovered by the Catalina sky survey in Arizona Univ. on Oct 22, 2013. Although the comet had brightened up to 9th magnitude in beginning of Jul 2014, cannot be observed because of bad weather conditions.

Jul 26 2014, 66KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2012K1 PanSTARRS)

  This is a comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on May 19, 2012 with a brightness of 19.7th magnitude. The comet brightened about 6th or 7th magnitude in autumn of 2014.

Dec 14 2014, 68KB
Early morning of Oct 19 2014, 67KB
May 31 2014, 64KB
May 1 2014, 74KB
Mar 28 2014, 61KB



Comet Jacques (C/2014E2 Jacques)

  This is a newly discovered comet by a Brasilian observer of Mr. Cristovao Jacques on Mar 13, 2014. Tthe comet brightened about 7th magnitude in summer of the year.

Sep 20 2014, 71KB
Sep 14 2014, 96KB
Jul 26 2014, 67KB
May 2 2014, 71KB
Mar 22 2014, 63KB



Comet ISON (C/2012S1 ISON)

  The comet was discovered on Sep 21, 2012 by two observers in Belarus. The comet closed to the sun on Nov 29, 2013 with 0.01AU in distance, and it was predited that will be a bright naked eye comet in Dec of the year.
But the comet collapsed in its perihelion, fell short our expectation.
ISON: International Scientific Optical Network

Early morning of Nov 23 2013, 34+39KB
Early morning of Nov 22 2013, 112+51+63KB
Early morning of Nov 20 2013, 113+45KB
Early morning of Nov 17 2013, 41+74KB
Early morning of Nov 14 2013, 83+86KB
Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 83+80KB
Early morning of Nov 8 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 79KB
Early morning of Nov 2 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Oct 27 2013, 72KB
Early morning of Oct 13 2013, 76KB
Early morning of Sep 29 2013, 87KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2012X1 LINEAR)

  The comet was discovered on Dec 8, 2012 by the automated survey of Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team. The comet had a sudden outburst in Oct 2013, brightened from 14th to 8th magnitude, can be observed an anomalous shell-like coma.

May 2 2014, 63KB
Early morning of Feb 1 2014, 74KB
Early morning of Jan 5 2014, 67KB
Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 69KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 69KB
Early morning of Oct 31 2013, 65KB
Early morning of Oct 27 2013, 56KB



Comet Lovejoy (C/2013R1 Lovejoy)

  The comet was discovered on Sep 7, 2013 by an Australian comet seeker of Mr. Terry Lovejoy. The comet is brighten up to about 4th magnitude, can be observed under fairly good condition in the northern skies from Nov to Dec 2013.

Early morning of Feb 1 2014, 84+105KB
Early morning of Jan 5 2014, 76+68KB
Early morning of Dec 29 2013, 73+54KB
Early morning of Dec 14 2013, 151+88KB
Early morning of Dec 7 & 8 2013, 110+73+61KB
Image & spectral profile on early morning of Dec 1 2013, 65+30KB
Early morning of Nov 30 2013, 69+110+71KB
Early morning of Nov 29 2013, 81+77KB
Early morning of Nov 23 2013, 61+70KB
Early morning of Nov 20 2013, 57KB
Early morning of Nov 17 2013, 50KB
Early morning of Nov 14 2013, 71+87KB
Nov 11 2013, 76+88KB>
Nov 8 2013, 90KB
Nov 7 2013, 66KB
Nov 5 2013, 75KB
Nov 1 2013, 62KB
Oct 30 2013, 67KB
Oct 12 2013, 82KB



Comet Nevski (C/2013V3 Nevski)

  The comet was newly discovered on Nov 6, 2013, moving from Leo to Ursa Major in higher dawn skies in end of the year. The nebula-like distributed coma is being observed with a brightness of 10th magnitude.

Dec 6 2013, 55KB
Nov 29 2013, 49KB



Comet Brewington (154P/ Brewington)

  The comet is periodic one of 10.8 years discovered in 1992. The third return of the comet is moving in the autumnal middle sky, observed with 10th magnitude in maximum.

Dec 7 2013, 56KB
Nov 30 2013, 57KB



Comet Encke (2P/ Encke)

  Comet Encke is one of periodic comets with the shortest period of only 3.3 years, has appearance records since 1786. In this return, the comet will travel from Leo to Virgo in Oct to Dec 2013, we can observe with a brightness of 7th magnitude in maximum.

Early morning of Nov 12 2013, 63KB
Early morning of Nov 8 2013, 64KB
Early morning of Nov 6 2013, 84KB
Early morning of Oct 31 2013, 61KB
Oct 12 2013, 64KB



Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011L4 PanSTARRS)

  A comet newly discovered by PanSTARRS 1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii on Jun 6, 2011. The comet was observed as a naked-eye comet about 2nd magnitude in spring 2013.

May 4, 2013, 75KB
May 2, 2013, 74+100KB
Early morning of Apr 13, 2013, 70+66KB
Early morning of Apr 8, 2013, 67+73KB
Early morning of Apr 4, 2013, 74+65KB
Mar 16, 2013, 58+37+33KB
Mar 15, 2013, 53+56KB
Mar 14, 2013, 53+51KB
Mar 11, 2013, 54+57KB
Mar 10, 2013, 54KB
Aug 19, 2012, 63KB



Comet LINEAR (C/2012K5 LINEAR)

  It's a newly discovered comet on May 25, 2012, the comet brightened about 8th magnitude in end of 2012 and beggining of 2013 in northern skies.

Jan 12, 2013, 68KB
Dec 22, 2012, 71KB
Early morning of Dec 9, 2012, 64KB
Early morning of Nov 18, 2012, 55KB



Comet Lemmon (C/2012F6 Lemmon)

  It's a newly discovered comet on Mar 23 by Mt. Lemmon Survey. The comet was observed with 9th or 10th magnitude in end of 2012, and brightened about 5th magnitude in Apr 2013 at southern hemisphere.

Aug 11, 2013, 74KB
Early morning of Dec 23, 2012, 72KB
Early morning of Dec 9, 2012, 51KB



Comet Hergenrother (168P/ Hergenrother)

  A 6.9 year periodic comet discovered on Dec 5, 1998. The comet has brightened suddenly in Sep 2012, just before its 2nd return, can be observed with 9th magnitude.

Dec 8, 2012, 66KB
Nov 17, 2012, 63KB
Oct 20, 2012, 67KB
Oct 12, 2012, 58KB



Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P/ Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova)

  This is a comet with period of 5.25 years discovered by 3 seekers including a Japanese in 1948. After passed perihelion in Sep. 2011 of 12th return from its discovery, the comet could be observed in eastern dawn skies with 6 or 7th magnitude in brightness.

Early morning of Oct 4, 2011, 65KB



Comet Garradd (C/2009P1 Garradd)

  This is a newly discovered comet on Aug 13, 2009, at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. It's predicted that the comet will be 6th or 7th magnitude in end of 2011.

Spectrum of early morning of Jan 29, 2012B

May 12, 2012, 75KB
Mar 24, 2012, 71KB
Feb 18, 2012, 64KB
Early morning of Jan 28, 2012, 60KB
Early morning of Dec 30, 2011, 69KB
Nov 20, 2011, 86KB
Sep 23, 2011, 76KB
Aug 29, 2011, 72+79KB
Aug 10, 2011, 75KB
Aug 5, 2011, 65KB
Jul 5, 2011, 64KB

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