Daily Archives: 01/31/2003

Scorcher

No, not Sirius – comet Kudo-Fujikawa is hurtling past the sun and back out into the solar system. The newly discovered satellite reached perihelion, it’s closest approach to the sun, on January 29. It came within 28 million miles of the sun, twice as close as Mercury. This spectacular passage is too close to the sun for us to observe it directly, the comet is swallowed up in the sun’s glare. However, NASA’s SOHO observatory is uniquely positioned to observe the close encounter. Check out the LASCO C2 and LASCO C3 images to follow the comet’s path.

This comet should be visible in the Southern Hemisphere in the coming days. I’ll be looking for it.