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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for July & August 2019

31 Aug 2019, 08:57 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for July & August 2019
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During the 2-month period July through August 2019, 7 new comets were discovered and there were 4 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 DiscoveriesJul 01 Discovery of C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) (CBET 4644)Jul 02 Discovery of C/2019 K7 (SMITH) (CBET 4645)Jul 02 Discovery of C/2019 K8 (ATLAS) (CBET 4646)Jul 03 Discovery of C/2019 LB_7 (KLEYNA) (CBET 4647)*Jul 15 Discovery of C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) (CBET 4650)Jul 17 Discovery of P/2019 M2 (ATLAS) (CBET 4651)**Jul 18 Discovery of C/2019 M3 (ATLAS) (CBET 4653)*The available astrometry for this very faint object was published on MPEC 2019-N20, where it was inadvertently given the minor-planet designation 2019 LB_7 by the Minor Planet Center.**Following a private remark by the undersigned that the orbital elements of comets D/1884 O1 (Barnard) and P/2019 M2 are similar, Nakano has attempted an investigation into the possibility that the two designations might refer to the same comet. Nakano remarks that he is ...

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