Comet Kohoutek


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Comet Kohoutek

[¦käm·ət kə′hō‚tek]
(astronomy)
Kohoutek's Comet.
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lIt is a memorable day for Josh Gifford, who sends out his first winner on the Flat when Imperial Family (Paul Cook) beats Comet Kohoutek at Folkestone.
The highly publicized Comet Kohoutek, unusually bright when discovered, proved a dud when it neared the sun in 1973.
But the fireworks recorded by myriad telescopes -- some even before the crash sites rotated into view -- exceeded the expectations of astronomers, who had worried that the highly publicized, 6-day event might prove a fizzle -- another Comet Kohoutek.
Recent history has presented us with several examples, including Comet Cunningham in 1942, and the infamous Comet Kohoutek in 1974 (April issue, page 32).
If it is a fresh visitor from the Oort cloud, it may fizzle as Comet Kohoutek did in 1973, and for the same reason, Marsden says: Volatiles that now make it bright will have burned off, and, depending only on sublimation of water-ice for brightness, it could become much dimmer.
The article by Dean Regas on Comet Kohoutek (page 32) describes the quintessential example of an overhyped comet.
The heavily instrumented Convair 990 jet had been used to study targets from Comet Kohoutek to terrestrial monsoons since the agency acquired it in 1973, and had photographed AMPTE's first artificial comet in December.
Thanks to its early discovery, an upcoming Christmas rendezvous with the Sun, and an unlikely public relations campaign, Comet Kohoutek became one of the most famous comets in history.
Such was the case for the notorious Comet Kohoutek in the early 1970s.
In 1973 Comet Kohoutek put on a mediocre display despite being touted as the "comet of the century" in early predictions.
The driver in 1973 thought I was looking at Comet Kohoutek, but I, like many amateur astronomers, had failed to find the century's most infamous comet before dawn that day.
When Comet Kohoutek was discovered in March 1973, its early detection, in an orbit that would carry it very close to the Sun, inspired predictions of a daylight object by December.