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New Comet P/2020 G1 (Pimentel)

17 Apr 2020, 15:24 UTC
New Comet P/2020 G1 (Pimentel)
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CBET 4754 & MPEC 2020-H06, issued on 2020, April 17, announce the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~15) by Eduardo Pimentel on CCD images taken by Jacques, Pimentel, and J. Barros with a 0.28-m f/2.2 astrograph of the "Southern Observatory for Near Earth Research" (SONEAR) at Oliveira, Brazil. The new comet has been designated P/2020 G1 (Pimentel). We performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage.Stacking of 7 unfiltered exposures, 24 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2020, April 15.4 from Q62 (iTelescope network) through a 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + focal reducer, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 15" in diameter and a tail 20" long in PA 90.Our confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)MPEC 2020-H06, assigns the following very preliminary elliptical elements to comet P/2020 G1: T 2020 March 17.82; e= 0.87; Peri. = 208.93; q = 0.51; Incl.= 18.67by Ernesto Guido & Adriano Valvasori

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