It was discovered in March of 1973 by Lubos Kohoutek, a German astronomer working at the Hamburg Observatory. The discovery images, on photographic plates taken during an asteroid search, did not indicate the impressive qualities of this travelling space iceberg. It was after 4 weeks of observation that the orbit of this new comet was calculated. The orbit turned out to classify Comet Kohoutek as a member of the "sun-grazers."
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1974 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"What's a Kohoutek?,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 11
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol11/iss1/8