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Discovered by Antonin Mrkos on July 29, 1957, Comet Mrkos was best viewed in August of that same year. Its most notable feature was a "double tail," clearly seen in the four-picture series below. The straight, well-defined tail was the typical ion tail formed from charged particles being "blown" by the solar wind. The less distinct curved tail was caused by dust-sized particles being blown off the surface of the comet.
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