Comet Ikeya–Seki

Date of the discovery: 18 September 1965

Short Description: Comet Ikeya–Seki is the latest bright Kreutz Sungrazer discovered. Kreutz sungrazers are long-peroid comets that come close to the sun. They are believed to be part of one large comet that broke up in 1106 (Great Comet of 1106). Comet Ikeya–Seki was one of the brightest comet in 1000 years. The comet broke up into three pieces. Smaller Kreutz Comets are nowadays mostly discovered by volunteers at the Sungrazer Project.

Amateur astronomer(s): Kaoru Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki

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Credit for the header image: Comet Ikeya–Seki, 30 October 1965. Photo by James W. Young (TMO/JPL/NASA)

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