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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for August 2018

26 Sep 2018, 19:55 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for August 2018
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During the month of August 2018, 4 new comets were discovered, cometary activity was detected for 1 previously discovered object (earlier designated as asteroids) 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 DiscoveriesAug 17 Discovery of C/2018 O1 (ATLAS) (CBET 4543)Aug 19 Discovery of P/2018 P3 (PANSTARRS) (CBET 4548)Aug 19 Discovery of P/2018 P4 (PANSTARRS) (CBET 4549)Aug 19 Discovery of C/2018 P5 (PANSTARRS) (CBET 4550)- Cometary activity detectedAug 14 Cometary activity detected in 2018 KJ3 = C/2018 KJ3 (LEMMON)- Comet RecoveriesAug 13 Recovery of P/2010 A1 (HILL) as P/2018 P1 (CBET 4538)Aug 13 Recovery of P/2001 T3 (NEAT) as P/2018 P2 (CBET 4539)- Other newsAug 07 Asteroid (162173) Ryugu imaged on August 07, 2018 from a distance of about 1 km by @haya2e_jaxa - For more info see http://bit.ly/2M3KKCr #astronomy #asteroids Credit: JAXAAug 10 S. S. Sheppard, Carnegie Institution for Science, reports the discovery of a satellite to ...

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