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WHT and GTC Follow Up Main Belt Comet P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS)

5 Sep 2013, 11:00 UTC
WHT and GTC Follow Up Main Belt Comet P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS)

Some of the 11 known active asteroids originate in the main asteroid belt and thus are known as main belt comets (MBCs), one of the last discovered being P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS). Thanks to the possibility of target-of-opportunity observations at the WHT and GTC, a team of Spanish astronomers followed up its evolution and revealed the origin of its cometary activity.

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