n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Miscellany




On only the third night of 2009, while doing a routine observation using the 74-inch Radcliff telescope in Sutherland, Dr Chris Koen from UWC (University of the Western Cape), discovered this very odd-looking object on a CCD image. Although, at first glance it resembled a comet, on closer inspection it lacked the visual tell-tale clues which normally identifies a comet - the nucleus is not fuzzy and the tail fans in the wrong way.

After momentary imagining ''Comet Koen'' in the printed media, sanity soon returned to the 74-inch control room and, through a process of elimination, Chris investigated the possibility of a reflection caused by the 6-day old Moon.


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