SS: on 05 june 2000 the object 76p West-Kohoutek-Ikmera passed with 30,000 miles of mars. it appeared that in 2000 the near mars graze of  76p West-Kohoutek-Ikmera was a non-event. i recorded the entire event because it wasn’t until exactly one year later when mars was in the hunab ku did the effects of 76p West-Kohoutek-Ikmera near mars graze took effect. in june of 2001 mars suddenly exploded into a massive global dust storm .. i called it the “Mars Tear” dust storm. there were two bright comets in the sky at the time of the dust storm that i was recording called “wm1 and A2″ .

SS: what i recorded was one of the largest mars global dust storms.  in the above graphic i have some of the mars dust storm data that i archived. the dust is all the red .. the impact looking things i think those are not cometary fragments from 76p West-Kohoutek-Ikmera because a martian year is two earth years .. unless debris fragments orbited looped mars for a year before impacting into mars in the southern hemisphere. the mars image that has “edom” is pointing at what they called a *martian flare* .. that was the very start of the mars global dust storm that engulfed the entire planet of mars and lasted for weeks ( june – august ).

SS: i called it the “Mars Tear” named after the tear that can be seen in NASA’s mars image of the scorpion scar on mars .. there was actually two global dust storms and both were “martian tears” .. what actually happen to this comet we never found out .. we saw it approach mars but we never saw it leave .. it was supposed to return in 2006-2007 and i am pretty sure i did not see it’s return because i was looking for it . it might have returned 06-07  but do not remember clear images of it.  NASA said it passed within 6.5 million miles of mars, others say 30,000 miles. it doesn’t matter how far the comet from mars not sure it survived it’s mars graze . however nothing happened to mars until exactly one year later which a martian year is 779 days which is 2 years earth time.. mars traveled from the orion stargate to the hunab ku stargate in that time period between 76p West-Kohoutek-Ikmera mars graze and the martian global dust storm .

Mars in the Teapot A midyear delight for naked-eye skygazing is the “Teapot” asterism (star pattern) in the constellation Sagittarius. Perched low near the southern horizon for observers at mid-northern latitudes, the Teapot seems to be tipping its brew toward the west, into the tail of neighboring Scorpius. Rising as “steam” from the spout are the rich starclouds of the Milky Way, packed with Messier objects (star clusters and glowing nebulae) to tempt binocular and telescope users. This month the Teapot has an added attraction, as ruddy Mars marches its way eastward through its top. The chart above shows how the Teapot will look at about 10:30 p.m. local time on September 1st and 8:30 p.m. at month’s end. Orange circles mark Mars’s location every two weeks.

1818-30B NOVA SAGITTARII 2001 NO. 2 We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular 7692) that Alfredo Pereira, Cabo da Roca, Portugal, visually discovered an apparent nova in Sagittarius at magnitude 7.6 on Aug. 26.866 UT during his regular patrol with 14×100 binoculars. Nothing was visible at the location of the nova down to magnitude about 8.5 on Aug. 21.9 and 22.96 UT or down to magnitude about 7.5-7.8 on Aug. 25.95 UT. A. Hale, Cloudcroft, NM, reported nothing was visible at the nova’s location on the Digitized Sky Survey.

1805-30 NOVA SAGITTARII 2001 NO. 3 We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular 7706) that Alfredo Pereira, Cabo da Roca, Portugal, and William Liller, Vina del Mar, Chile, have independently discovered an apparent nova in Sagittarius. Pereira’s visual discovery was made on Sep. 5.846 UT at magnitude 7.0, with strong orange color, during his regular patrol with 14×100 binoculars. Nothing was visible at the location of the nova down to visual magnitude about 8.5 on Sep. 4.8 UT or down to magnitude about 8.0-8.5 on Sep. 1.8 or 2.8 UT. Pereira made the following additional observations: Sep. 5.868 UT, 7.0; 5.880, 6.9; 5.898, 7.0; 5.904, 6.8; 5.928, 6.9.

Novae for Binoculars On August 26th, Alfredo J. S. Pereira of Cabo da Roca, Portugual, came upon an unexpected 8th-magnitude star while sweeping in Sagittarius with 14×100 binoculars. Charles Scovil in Stamford, Connecticut, pegged it at magnitude 6.4 shortly after 2h UT on August 27th. Seven hours later, however, Albert Jones in Nelson, New Zealand, found it to be magnitude 8.0. Nova Sagittarii 2001 No. 2 is located at 18h 24.8m, -30° 01′, just inside the Teapot. Just more than a week later, Periera and William Liller (Vina del Mar, Chile) independently discovered yet another nova in Sagittarius only 3° to the west. At coordinates 18h 11.8m, -30° 31′, Nova Sagittarii 2001 No. 3 may have peaked near magnitude 6.5 on September 7th.