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Kohoutek was hyped by the media as the "comet of the century", but gave a poor display and was considered a letdown, leading some to nickname it "Comet Watergate".
In the nomenclature of the time it was known as either Comet 1973 XII or Comet 1973f, but the modern nomenclature is C/1973 E1.
Not to be confused with the periodic comet 75P/Kohoutek , which can also be called "Comet Kohoutek" (as could the comets C/1969 O1 and C/1973 D1, also discovered by Lubos Kohoutek as sole discoverer).
Music and art inspired by Comet Kohoutek
The first single of German avant-garde music group Kraftwerk, released in December 1973, was called Kohoutek-Kometenmelodie. On the album Autobahn, which appeared a few months later, the track title was shortened to Kometenmelodie (comet melody).
The rock band Journey wrote and recorded the instrumental "Kohoutek", which appeared on their self-titled debut album Journey.
The first album of Yahowha 13 from 1973 is called "Kohoutek".
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