Sixteen Bright Comets

Comet Hyakutake and Comet Hale-Bopp through Great Comet McNaught and Outbursting Comet Holmes


(This is by far a record number of naked-eye visible comets for a 12-year span. This particular span is marked by Jupiter’s 12 year cycle through the 12 constellations of the zodiac beginning in the Golden Gate of Heaven on the winter solstice of 1995 unto the same location in 2007.)

Listed in order of month and year of brightest magnitude along with signs, decans and asterisms during their naked eye visibility

Hyakutake: 3/1996, mg 0, Libra, Bootes, Draco, Perseus, Taurus-Aries *

Hale-Bopp: 4/1997, mg –1, Ophiuchus, Aquila, Andromeda, Perseus, Taurus, Orion, Argo *

SOHO 1998 J1: 5/1998, mg 1, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Orion, Canis Major, Argo

LINEAR C/2001 A2: 6/2001, mg 4, Lepus, Eridanus, Cetus, Pisces, Pegasus

LINEAR C/2000 WM 1: 1/2002 , mg 2, Sagittarius, Aquila, Hercules

IKEYA-ZHANG: 3/2002, mg 3, Pisces, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Draco-head, Hercules-foot

UTSUNOMIYA: 4/2002, mg 4, Pegasus, Andromeda, Pisces, Triangulum, Taurus

NEAT C/2002 V1: 2/2003, mg 1, Pisces, Aquarius

BRADFIELD: 4/2004, mg 2, Pisces, Andromeda

LINEAR C/2002 T7: 4/2004, mg 3, Pisces, Cetus, Eridanus, Lepus, Canis Major

NEAT C/2001 Q4: 5/2004, mg 3, Canis Major, Cancer, Ursa Major

MACHHOLZ C/2004 Q2: 1/2005 mg 3.5, Eridanus, Taurus, Perseus

SWAN C/2006 M4: 10/2006 mg 4.5 (outburst), Cornea Borealis

McNAUGHT C/2006 P1: 1/2007 mg –5.5 (Great Comet), Aquila/Ophiuchus, Sagittarius

96/P MANCHHOLZ: 4/2007, mg 3, Pisces, Pegasus

HOLMES: 10/2007, mg 2, Perseus, Auriga, Gemini

*The paths of Comet Hyakutake and Comet Hale-Bopp both crossed one year apart on the same dates of April 11, 96 & 97, respectively, within Perseus exactly in the decapitated head named “Rosh Satan, Agol, Cuput Meduse, or the head of Satan” Then Comet Holmes, which ended this 12 year series, went into outburst in Perseus moving from obscurity at 16 mg to naked eye brightness at 2 mg in one day.


Great Comet McNaught and the Golden Gate of Heaven



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