Sep. 23, 2011

New Comet: C/2011 S1 (GIBBS)

Cbet nr.2822, issued on 2011, September 21, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 21.2) by A. R. Gibbs on CCD images obtained on September 18, 2011 by Gibbs and S. F. Tornero with the Mt. Lemmon 1.5-m reflector. The new comet has been designated C/2011 S1 (GIBBS).


Sep. 14, 2011

Sundiving Comet

A comet is diving into the sun today. Discovered just yesterday by amateur comet hunters Michal Kusiak of Poland and Sergei Schmalz of Germany, the icy visitor from the outer solar system is expected to brighten to first magnitude before it disintegrates during the late hours of Sept. 14th.


Sep. 12, 2011

New Comet: P/2011 R3 (NOVICHONOK-GERKE)

Cbet nr.2812, issued on 2011, September 09, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 18.9) by Artyom Novichonok on on six images taken during Sept. 7.02-7.05 UT using a 0.4-m Jigit telescope at the TAU station of the Ka-Dar Observatory (located near Nizhniy Arkhyz, Russia). The new comet has been designated P/2011 R3 (NOVICHONOK).


Sep. 07, 2011

New Comet: P/2011 R2 (PANSTARRS)

Cbet nr.2811, issued on 2011, September 07, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 18.7) by Larry Denneau and Richard Wainscoat on two i-band Pan-STARRS images taken with the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at Haleakala on September 4.5, 2011. The new comet has been designated P/2011 R2 (PANSTARRS).


Sep. 06, 2011

Update about 213P-B fragment

MPECs 2011-P25, 2011-P37 and CBET 2798 detailed the discovery and follow-up about a secondary nuclear condensation (component B) of comet 213P/Van Ness. Recently we performed some additional follow-up on it, in order to check its evolution.


Aug. 27, 2011

New comet C/2011 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2011 Q1 (PANSTARRS) was discovered on 2011, Aug. 20.44 by PANSTARRS team with a 1.8-m f/4 reflector + CCD from Haleakala, Hawaii, USA. Richard Wainscoat, Marco Micheli, Henry Hsieh and Larry Denneau described it as having a FWHM of 1.2 arcsec while stars have 1.0 arcsec.


Aug. 17, 2011

Comet Elenin Poses No Threat to Earth

Often, comets are portrayed as harbingers of gloom and doom in movies and on television, but most pose no threat to Earth. Comet Elenin, the latest comet to visit our inner solar system, is no exception. Elenin will pass about 22 million miles (35 million kilometers) from Earth during its closest approach on Oct. 16, 2011.


Aug. 10, 2011

Update on comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd)

BBC Television in collaboration with Faulkes Telescope and LCOGT today imaged C/2009 P1. The images have been taken with the 2.0 meters Faulkes Telescope North by D. O Briain, BBC Television presenter. The BBC were allocated time on FT North (F65) as part of a new Citizen Science project.


Aug. 09, 2011

New Comet: P/2011 P1 (McNaught)

Cbet nr.2779, issued on 2011, August 05, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 18.5) by R. H. McNaught on CCD images taken with the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring on August 1.7, 2011. The new comet has been designated P/2011 P1 (McNaught).


Aug. 09, 2011

Fragmentation event in 213P/Van Ness

Today, during our observing session with Faulkes Telescope North we observed a fragmentation event in comet 213P/Van Ness.