Comet 29/P Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

This faint periodic comet normally resides at about 15th magnitude. Once or twice a year it undergoes outbursts and brightens by several orders of magnitude. This sequence records such an outburst which started in mid-September 2004.

18th September - Comet undergoing an outburst. Has now brightened to tenth magnitude.


21st September - Coma now starting to appear.


7th October - Coma now appearing more fan-shaped