A long-period comet discovered in 1975 November by the Danish astronomer Richard Martin West (1941– ); formerly designated 1976 VI. Comet West reached perihelion (0.20 AU) on 1976 February 25. In early March, when closest to Earth at 0.8 AU, the comet reached a maximum brightness of magnitude −1. The broad fan-shaped dust tail was 30–35° long. A few days after perihelion, the nucleus split into four fragments. The comet's orbit has a period of about 500 000 years, eccentricity 0.99997, and inclination 43°.1.
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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.