Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Another new comet - Faulkes Telescope students on a roll

It looks like another possible comet confirmation for Faulkes. Student D. Cirelli using Faulkes North this morning, imaging a region we suggested may contain an interesting object (posted by the IAU Minor Planet Centre on their NEO confirmation page)

After our team analysed the images, it's clear that the object imaged is indeed a comet. A submission has been filed with the minor planet centre. The comet, still to be named is magnitude 19.7 with acompact coma about 4"x 3" elongated towards PA 250 with a sharp central condensation, tail about 20" long also at PA 250"

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