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Comets & Asteroids - Summary Jan through Mar 2018

27 Apr 2018, 11:21 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary Jan through Mar 2018
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During the 3-month period January through March 2018, 12 new comets were discovered, cometary activity was detected for 3 previously discovered object (earlier designated as an asteroid) and there were 2 comet recoveries. "Current comet magnitudes" & "Daily updated asteroid flybys" pages are available at the top of this blog (or just click on the underline text here). See below for the "Other news" section. The dates below refer to the date of issuance of CBET (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram) which reported the official news & designations.- Comet DiscoveriesJan 11 Discovery of P/2017 Y3 (LEONARD)Jan 11 Discovery of C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)Jan 17 Discovery of C/2018 A3 (ATLAS)Jan 17 Discovery of P/2018 A4 (PANSTARRS)Jan 17 Discovery of P/2018 A5 (PANSTARRS)Jan 24 Discovery of C/2018 A6 (GIBBS)Feb 07 Discovery of C/2018 B1 (LEMMON)Feb 11 Discovery of P/2018 C1 (LEMMON-READ)Mar 16 Discovery of C/2018 E1 (ATLAS)Mar 16 Discovery of C/2018 E2 (BARROS)Mar 19 Discovery of C/2018 F1 (GRAUER)Mar 28 Discovery of C/2018 F3 (JOHNSON)- Cometary activity detectedJan 08 Cometary activity detected in 2017 AB_5 = C/2017 AB_5 (PANSTARRS)Feb 27 Cometary activity detected in 2011 WG_113 = P/2017 U6Mar 28 Cometary activity detected in A/2018 C2 = C/2018 C2 (Lemmon) ** The prefix for ...

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