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Curious Fading of Comet Gale

Nature volume 141, page 1095 (18 June 1938) | Download Citation



As announced in NATURE recently, Comet Gale was found on May 1 by Mr. L. E. Cunningham at Harvard, its magnitude being 10. An orbit and ephemeris were computed, and, knowing the distances of the object from the earth and sun, its magnitude on various dates was estimated. The remarkable thing is that its magnitude is considerably less than that predicted, as the following figures will show:

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