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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for Nov & Dec 2018

28 Feb 2019, 17:03 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for  Nov & Dec 2018
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During the 2-month period November through December 2018, 10 new comets were discovered, cometary activity was detected for 1 previously discovered object (earlier designated as asteroids) and there was 1 comet recovery. Moreover an apparently asteroidal object with nearly-parabolic orbital elements was discovered. No cometary activity has yet been confirmed, but it has been given a cometary style A/ designation. "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 DiscoveriesNov 08 Discovery of C/2018 V1 (MACHHOLZ-FUJIKAWA-IWAMOTO) (CBET 4569 & 4572)Nov 18 Discovery of P/2018 VN_2 (LEONARD) (CBET 4573)*Nov 20 Discovery of C/2018 U1 (LEMMON) (CBET 4574)Dec 01 Discovery of C/2018 V2 (ATLAS) (CBET 4578)Dec 01 Discovery of C/2018 V4 (AFRICANO) (CBET 4579)Dec 03 Discovery of C/2018 W1 (CATALINA) (CBET 4580 & 4582)**Dec 03 Discovery of C/2018 W2 (AFRICANO) (CBET 4580)***Dec 16 Discovery of C/2018 X2 (FITZSIMMONS) (CBET 4583)Dec 17 Discovery of C/2018 X3 (PANSTARRS) (CBET 4584)Dec 20 Discovery of C/2018 Y1 (IWAMOTO) (CBET 4588)* ...

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