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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for October 2016

11 Nov 2016, 13:29 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for October 2016
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During the months of October 2016, 3 new comets were discovered. "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 DiscoveriesOct 11 Discovery of C/2016 T1 (MATHENY)Oct 13 Discovery of C/2016 T2 (MATHENY)Oct 18 Discovery of C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)- Other newsOct 14 Klim Ivanovich Churyumov (1937 - 2016), astronomer and co-discoverer (with Svetlana Gerasimenko) of comet #67P passed away on October 14, 2016 Oct 17 The third-largest object known beyond Neptune, 2007 OR10, has a moon. The discovery was reported in a poster by Gábor Marton, Csaba Kiss, and Thomas Mueller presented at the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (DPS/EPSC) in Pasadena, California. The Hubble Space Telescope took the photo below of 2007 OR10 on September 18, 2010. Later analysis of the images revealed the presence of a moon (red circle). Credit: NASA / STScI / Wesley Fraser / Gábor Marton et al.Oct 26 Lutz D. Schmadel ...

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