Yes, it was almost certainly

Home Forums Comets D/1952 B 1 Harrington-Wilson Yes, it was almost certainly

Nick James

Yes, it was almost certainly in outburst when discovered back in 1952. Unlike today, there were very few people doing astrometry then so the orbit is based on only 7 position measurements over an arc of 26 days. That, and the fact that the orbit will have been changed by relatively close encounters with Jupiter mean that it is very unlikely to be recovered with a specific search. The fact that it has not been picked up by the big professional surveys means that it must be intrinsicly very faint. I’m not sure where Guide 9 gets its data from but it could do with being revised.