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New Comet C/2020 K3 (Leonard)

25 May 2020, 13:19 UTC
New Comet C/2020 K3 (Leonard)
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CBET 4782 & MPEC 2020-K159, issued on 2020, May 25, announce the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~18) by G. J. Leonard on images taken on May 22 UT with the Catalina Sky Survey's 0.68-m Schmidt reflector. The new comet has been designated C/2020 K3 (Leonard).We performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage.Stacking of 20 unfiltered exposures, 55 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2020, May 23.4 from H06 (iTelescope network) through a 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer, shows that this object is a comet with a diffuse irregular coma about 15" in diameterOur confirmation image (click here for a bigger version)MPEC 2020-K159, assigns the following preliminary parabolic orbital elements to comet C/2020 K3 (Leonard): T 2020 June 01.00; e= 1.0; Peri. = 64.49; q = 1.58; Incl.= 129.01By Ernesto Guido & Adriano Valvasori

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