Comet Ikeya-Zhang Photo Gallery
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Summary: In Early March 2002, Comet Ikeya-Zhang became a naked-eye fuzzball in the evening sky. It soon brightened to 3rd magnitude and delighted sky watchers with its remarkable photogenic tail. The comet even had a stunning close encounter with the Andromeda Galaxy. But all good things must come to an end. On April 30th, Ikeya-Zhang made its closest approach to Earth (0.41 AU) and since then has been receding toward the outer solar system. The fading fuzzball now (on May 2, 2002) glows like a 5th magnitude star at the limit of naked-eye visibility. Soon it will be impossible to see without a telescope. So farewell, Ikeya-Zhang! It was a great show while it lasted. wishes to thank all those who submitted to the Comet Ikeya-Zhang gallery! The comet is now fading, and the gallery is now closed to submissions.

Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyrighted by the photographers.

  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Dr. P Clay Sherrod,
April 15
#1 Clay Sherrod: "The comet is fading! Although visible low on the northeast horizon this morning to the naked eye, I gave it a magnitude 3.9 with only about a 4 degree tail. Note the very nice spike coming from the coma, or head, which was quite obvious in binoculars."

Michael Daugherty,
Congress, Arizona
April 14
#1 Michael Daugherty took this image of the comet from Arizona on April 14th. He used a 135 mm lens for a 20min exposure, on Kodak Portra 400 film.

Dan Schechter,
Anza Borrego, CA
April 14
#1 Dan Schechter sent this 10 minute exposure, taken on e200 film with a 8" Celestron Schmidt Camera with a focal length of 300mm and f-ratio of 1.5. It was exposed on the morning of 4-14-02 in Anza Borrego State Park, California.

Robert Cash,
Fountain Hills, AZ
April 14
#1 Robert Cash: "Here is a mosaic image I made of the Comet Ikeya-Zhang on the morning of April 14, 2002. From my home in Fountain Hills, AZ (North-East of Phoenix) The telescope is a Meade 10" SCT on a Meade LXD-650 computerized equatorial mount. Camera is a SBIG ST-237 CCD. Exposures were 22-seconds."
John E Cordiale,
April 12
#1, #2 John Codiale gathered much data in these impressive two images, which include spectral analysis. Obtaining spectra helps us to determine the actual composition of the comet.

Chris Schur,
Payson, Arizona
April 14
#1 Chris Schur captured this beautiful image of Ikeya-Zhang's deep green coma. He exposed his film for 15 minutes with each color filter (RGB), then stacked the exposures.

Tom Teters,
Northern Colorado
April 13
#1, #2 Tom Teters sent us these two 11-second exposures of the comet moving across a cloudy sky. He used an 80mm Stellarvue refracting telescope.

Jimmy Westlake,
Yampa, CO
April 12
#1, #2, #3 Jimmy Westlake: "Three new images of Comet I-Z taken the morning of April 12, 2002 from the Flat Top Mountains near Yampa, CO, elevation 9000 ft. What the comet is losing in brightness, it seems to be gaining in detail as it closes in on Earth."

Dominic Cantin,
Quebec, Canda
April 12
#1 Great detail is visible in this beautiful image of Comet Ikeya-Zhang by Dominic Cantin. He used an 8-inch schmidt-camera @ f/1.5 with Fuji 800 film. The image consists of three stacked five-minute exposures.

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