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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for April 2016

30 Apr 2016, 10:05 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for April 2016
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During the month of April 2016, 2 new comets were discovered and cometary activity was detected for 1 previously discovered object (earlier designated as an asteroid). NASA's Hubble Space Telescope spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet — after Pluto — in the Kuiper Belt. Pioneer comet observer Elizabeth (Pat) Roemer died on April 09. Moreover the discovery of the binary nature of asteroid (5674) Wolff and the discovery of a new satellite of asteroid (130) Elektra have been reported (see below for more about these news). "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 DiscoveriesApr 05 Discovery of P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS)Apr 08 Discovery of P/2015 HG_16 (PANSTARRS)**G. V. Williams, Minor Planet Center, noted that the 2016 April 3 observations of this comet appeared to belong to a supposedly asteroidal object found a year ago by Pan-STARRS1 on 2015 Apr. 20, 21, and 24 (and then given the minor-planet designation 2015 HG_16 on MPS 603395 ...

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