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(Astronomy) a comet of almost parabolic orbit that reached its closest approach to the sun in Dec 1973
[C20: named after Luboš Kohoutek, Czech astronomer working in Germany who discovered it in March, 1973]
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(koʊˈhoʊ tɛk, kə-)

a comet that passed around the sun in 1973–74.
[after LubošKohoutek (b. 1935), Czech astronomer]
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A few clouds could turn today's total eclipse of the sun into an updated version of the comet Kohoutek. The comet, which passed near Earth in 1973, was hyped as the "comet of the century," but what most people saw was a faint blur in the night sky.
Three decades later an almost identical scenario was played out by the infamous Comet Kohoutek (S&T: April 2013, page 32).
One year in particular stands out as being of special significance: heralded by Comet Kohoutek, cursed by the three-day week, 1974 was the year in which the Society celebrated its 75th anniversary, but mourned the untimely death of its general secretary, Herbert Stark.
After dispensing a few hugs of varying degrees of sincerity, I headed home, taking small comfort in knowing that like the Comet Kohoutek, I probably wouldn't return again for at least 100,000 years.
Master Ribot beats Comet Kohoutek (Ron Atkins) in the two-mile-five-furlong hurdle, and Howgame is too sharp for Charter Belle (Arthur Pitt/
(The mere description of a maturational confound does not distinguish between the effect of practice, and the passage of the comet Kohoutek during the experiment.) Reising and Martin employed a training procedure known as perceptual calibration.
I felt cheated by the Comet Kohoutek fizzle in 1973, slept through Comet West in 1976 and was sorely disappointed by the fuzz ball that was Comet Halley in 1986.
Thus astronomers seem little worried that Hale-Bopp will repeat what Comet Kohoutek did in 1973.
But a similar great preparation was made for the infamous Comet Kohoutek in late 1973.
The upswing in expelled dust, which is probably dragged out by the water vapor, should allay worries among amateur astronomers that Hale-Bopp, like the much-ballyhooed Comet Kohoutek in 1973, will fizzle, Weaver says.
Senior editor Alan MacRobert remembers the post-perihelion dazzle of the sungrazing Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965 and the dud of Comet Kohoutek in 1973-74.
lIt is a memorable day for Josh Gifford, who sends out his first winner on the Flat when Imperial Family (Paul Cook) beats Comet Kohoutek at Folkestone.