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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for February 2016

28 Feb 2016, 23:24 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for February 2016
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During the month of February 2016,  3 new comets were discovered, there were 2 recoveries and cometary activity was detected for 2 previously discovered objects (earlier designated as asteroids). New fragments of comet  P/2015 Y2 = P/2010 V1 (IKEYA-MURAKAMI) (see previous post) reported. According to a paper available on Arxiv, at least 17 fragments have been identified. Moreover the binary nature of asteroid (2535) Hämeenlinna and a previously unknown shower of naked-eye meteors, now known as the Volantids, have been reported (see asteroid news below). "Current comet magnitudes" & "Daily updated asteroid flybys" pages are available at the top of this blog (or just click on the underline text here).The dates below refer to the date of issuance of CBET (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram)  which reported the official news & designations. - Comet DiscoveriesFeb 14  Discovery of C/2016 C1 (PANSTARRS)Feb 15  Discovery of P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)* Feb 19  Discovery of C/2016 C2 (NEOWISE)Comet P/2016 BA14 - M.Kelley/S.Protopapa/UMD *The comet 252P/LINEAR will pass perihelion on 2016 Mar. 15 and make an historic close approach to the Earth on 2016 March 21 at 0.036 AU (or 13.9 LD), which is one of the closest cometary approaches to the Earth on record. In ...

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