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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Fragment 'B'

Schwassman-Wachmann Fragment B

Schwassman-Wachmann Fragment B

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Fragment B

This is a different fragment of 73P, labelled "B fragment". It trails the larger "C fragment" in its path around the sun.

Magnitude: Varies - Undetermined
Location: Varies - Hercules
Distance: approx. 0.1252 AU from Earth
Date: May 7/06
Exposures: 31/100
Exposure length: 20s/6s
Amp on setting: OFF
Brightness: 72 / 95
Gamma: 52 / 52
Gain: 41 / 49
K3 L-Meter: not recorded / 242
Filters: IR filter

Notes: Although this fragment is much dimmer than the main "C fragment", it offers much more for study. Note that the nucleus is further disintegrating as can be seen with the multiple nuclei in these two shots where three separate pieces can be easily discerned. This is similar to the "string of pearls" that Comet Shoemaker-Levy was seen to exhibit when it broke up before slamming into Jupiter.

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