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Comets & Asteroids - Summary for Jan & Feb 2020

31 Mar 2020, 12:59 UTC
Comets & Asteroids - Summary for Jan & Feb 2020
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During the 2-month period January through February 2020, 9 new comets were discovered and cometary activity was detected for 1 previously discovered object (earlier designated with the prefix A/, see MPEC 2018-H54). "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.(This post has been written during the covid-19 lockdown in Italy. I hope everyone is staying safe out there)- Comet DiscoveriesJan 06 Discovery of C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) (CBET 4708)Jan 08 Discovery of P/2019 Y2 (FULS) (CBET 4709)Jan 09 Discovery of P/2019 Y3 (CATALINA) (CBET 4711)Jan 11 Discovery of C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) (CBET 4712)Jan 13 Discovery of P/2019 X2 (PANSTARRS) (CBET 4713)Jan 15 Discovery of C/2020 A2 (IWAMOTO) (CBET 4715)Jan 21 Discovery of C/2020 A3 (ATLAS) (CBET 4716)Feb 06 Discovery of C/2020 B2 (LEMMON) (CBET 4723)Feb 07 Discovery of C/2020 B3 (RANKIN) (CBET 4724)- Cometary activity detectedFeb 05 Cometary activity detected in A/2019 C1 = C/2019 C1 (ATLAS) (CBET 4721)**The object was given the designation "A/2019 C1" ...

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