Further to the report on IAUC 7586, A. C. Gilmore reports that 3-min unfiltered CCD images taken on Mar. 3.61 UT with the University of Canterbury's Mount John Observatory 1-m f/7.7 telescope showed only a diffuse parabolic glow at the comet's expected position. The glow was brighter and about 1' across at the 'head' end. The 'tail', in p.a. 80 deg, was at least 10' long and widened to about 2' across at the frame's edge. No stellar central condensation was found, though anything brighter than red mag 20 should have been detected.
International Astronomical Union Circular
- Pub Date:
- March 2001