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|IKEYA-ZHANG REIGNS: These three photographs illustrate that Ikeya-Zhang is no ordinary comet. Fran Kittek of Coopersburg, PA used Fuji Press film 800 in his 30-second color exposure of I-Z taken on March 16th (top left). John Sefick of Albuquerque, NM used a 300mm, F/4 Canon lens along with an SBIG-8e CCD camera for his two-minute image of I-Z recorded on March 20th from Chaco Culture National Historical Park near Nageezi, NM (middle). Using a Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera and an image intensifier, Glen Hacker, of Reading, PA literally snapped this half-second April Fools Day photo of Ikeya-Zhang north of Leesport, PA. The photograph appeared in the Reading (PA) Eagle on April 9th. The camera and intensifier were attached to a 3-inch, F/4 Air Force aerial lens.|
COMET IKEYA-ZHANG IN THE MORNING SKY: The locations of Comet Ikeya-Zhang are posted for April in the morning sky. Note the time of the observation, because we switch from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday morning April 7th. By mid-April Ikeya Zhang will become visible all night, but spend most its time low in the north. Graphics by Gary A. Becker using TheSky software...
April 26 location of the Planets: Compare this computer generated map with the digital photograph below, taken on the same date.
Conjunction Begins: Notice how Mercury, Venus, and Mars are moving towards Saturn on the April 26 image. Digital photography by Gary A. Becker.
Conjunction Tightens: A lot has happened since the photograph of April 26. Notice how the locations of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn have tightened as a group. Mercury is also much higher above the horizon. Digital photography by Gary A. Becker.