New Comets C/2022 L1

June 30, 2022

CBET 5134 & MPEC 2022-L97, issued on 2022, June 13, announce that an apparently asteroidal object discovered on June 4 with the 0.68-m Schmidt reflector of the Catalina Sky Survey has been found to show cometary appearance by CCD astrometrists elsewhere after the Minor Planet Center posted it to the PCCP webpage on the basis of a comet-like orbit.  The new comet has been designated C/2022 L1 (Catalina).

Our confirmation image (click on the images for a bigger version)

Stacking of 25 luminance-filtered exposures, 60 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2022, June 9.3 from X02 (Telescope Live, Chile) through a 0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a condensed coma of size 11", with magnitude 19.5 as measured in a circular aperture of radius 5".5, with no clear tail visible (Observers E. Bryssinck, M. Rocchetto, E. Guido, M. Fulle, G. Milani, G. Savini, A. Valvasori).

CBET 5134 assigns the following parabolic orbital elements to comet C/2022 L1 (Catalina): T 2022 Sept. 28.10; e= 1.0; Peri. =  59.74; q = 1.59 ;  Incl.= 123.46

by Ernesto Guido