C* 1953, Comet Hyakutake, (un)tether, green flash

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 09:55:10 -0500

More tough luck here.  Basically a repeat of last night, except I timed 
the spectacular flasher C* 1953 displaying unusual regularity, instead of 
C* 1933.  With the Moon moving out of the way, Comet Hyakutake is coming 
into its own.  In light polluted skies I estimated mag 5.0, and I have 
high hopes people in dark skies are measuring it as brighter than that.  I 
couldn't find PPM 717678 to try for the Erato asteroidal occultation, but 
I was able to locate the tether and time it crossing eta Sco at 960312 
105634.91 and theta Sco at 105652.42.  The tether was substantially harder 
to follow than yesternight.  It appeared straight and the bottom part was 
leading, the tilt being 10 or 20 degrees (it being hard to judge as I was 
tilted myself).  A green flash of a somewhat different appearance than 
yesterday closed the night. 
Walter Nissen                   dk058@cleveland.freenet.edu


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