Physics Photo of the Week

Warren Wilson College

November 5, 2004

Comet P/2004 T1

Photo by Dr. Doug Durig and G. A. T. Morris
University of the South, Sewanee, TN - October 5, 2004
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Comet p/2004 T1 was photographed soon after its discovery by Dr. Durig and his student G. Morris in Sewanee, TN using a modest telescope: Meade 12-inch with a CCD camera (SBIG ST-9E) with a 5 minute exposure.  The comet near the center of the photograph was discovered by the LINEAR spacecraft only a few days before.  Dr. Durig and his student were able to accurately measure the comet's position in several photographs and report the coordinates to the Minor Planet Center ephemerides.  (IAUC: 8416 p/2004 T1).  This is an example of undergraduate students participating in active research at an undergraduate institution.

Part of this study has been funded by the  Teaching and Technology: Stage II, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Appalachian College Association.  The funding finances a cooperative program between Alice Lloyd College (Dr. Deb Hopkins), University of the South (Dr. Doug Durig) and Warren Wilson College (Dr. Don Collins).  Dr. Collins is presenting a summary of several results of the cooperative project at the meeting of the ACA Technology Summit on Nov. 5, 2004 in Abingdon, VA.

Physics Photo of the Week is published weekly during the academic year on Fridays by the Warren Wilson College Physics Department.  These photos feature an interesting phenomena in the world around us.  Students, faculty, and others are invited to submit digital (or film) photographs for publication and explanation.  Atmospheric phenomena are especially welcome.  Please send any photos to

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