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New Comet: P/2013 A2 (SCOTTI)

9 Jan 2013, 08:58 UTC
New Comet: P/2013 A2 (SCOTTI)
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Cbet nr. 3376, issued on 2013, January 08, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 19.5) by J. Scotti with the 691 Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, on images obtained with the 0.9-m f/3 reflector + CCD on January 06.2. The new comet has been designated P/2013 A2 (SCOTTI).We performed some follow-up measurements of this object, while it was still on the neocp. Stacking of 6 R-filtered exposures, 60-sec each, obtained remotely, from the Haleakala-Faulkes Telescope North on 2013, Jan. 08.6, through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien + CCD, shows that this object appears "soft" compared to the nearby field stars of similar brightness and elongated toward PA 290. Our confirmation image (click on the image for a bigger version):M.P.E.C. 2013-A45 assigns the following preliminary elliptical orbital elements to comet P/2013 A2: T 2013 May 16.14; e= 0.57; Peri. = 182.74; q = 1.98 AU; Incl.= 3.89.by Nick Howes, Ernesto Guido & Peter Phelps

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