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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for June 2016

4 Jul 2016, 12:44 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for June 2016
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During the month of June 2016, 2 new comets were discovered and there was 1 comet recovery. A small asteroid, 2016 HO3, has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come. On June 2nd a small asteroid (1-3 meters wide) hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Arizona. Amateur astronomer and comet discoverer Rolf G. Meier died on June 26th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. "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 DiscoveriesJune 05 Discovery of C/2016 K1 (LINEAR)June 24 Discovery of C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)- Comet RecoveriesJune 06 Recovery of P/2010 N1 (WISE) as P/2016 GE_216- Other newsJune 02 On June 2nd at 3:56 a.m. local (MST) time (10:56 UT), a small asteroid (estimated diameter about 1-3 meters) hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Arizona. The airburst shook the ground below and produced a flash of light 10x brighter than a ...

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