Below is a list of comets that have been observed to split or break up into two or more measured components (* = observed only after the split had occurred, with the two components assigned separate designations) since 1975:
51P 57P 73P 79P 101P 128P 141P C/1975 V1 C/1986 P1 *C/1988 F1 and C/1988 J1 *C/1988 A1 and C/1996 Q1 D/1993 F2 C/1994 G1 C/1996 J1 C/2001 A2 *C/2002 A1 and C/2002 A2 *C/2002 Q2 and C/2002 Q3 C/2003 S4 C/2004 S1 C/2004 U1 P/2004 V5 C/2005 A1 C/2005 K2
Below is a partial list of recent comets (observed from the ground, not satellite coronagraphs) that have been observed to disintegrate or fade out or disappear suddenly -- their nuclei evidently falling apart:
C/1974 V2 C/1978 T3 C/1979 M1 C/1983 J1 ? C/1984 S1 ? C/1985 K1 C/1987 W1 C/1988 P1 C/1991 X2 ? C/1992 B1 ? C/1992 J2 ? C/1992 N1 ? D/1993 F2 [pulled apart by Jupiter and the components later slammed into Jupiter] C/1993 Q1 C/1996 Q1 C/1997 N1 C/1999 A1 ? C/1999 S4 C/2000 W1 C/2002 O4 C/2002 O6 C/2004 S1
Index to the CBAT/MPC/ICQ pages.