The return of C/1996 X3 = C/2002 N2
- From the identification C/1996 X3 = C/2002 N2 the next perihelion
was 2008 February 13 at about 00:25 UTC. C/1996 X3 and C/2002 N2
were observed only with LASCO C2 with magnitudes of 7 - 8 and
not in LASCO C3.
The perihelion of the Kracht group comets is outside the C2 field
on 2008 February 13, but a Kracht group comet will enter the C2
field only about three hours after perhelion (03:30 UTC).
Unfortunately, there are no LASCO C2 images between 00:30 and
10:06 UTC. So it seems that the return of C/1996 X3 = C/2002 N2
has been missed due to a LASCO data gap.
That small (C2 only) fragments can be observed on their next
return has been shown by the recent return of the Marsden group
comets C/2002 R1 and R4.
- It seems that I have recovered it!
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