Author Archives: Luca Buzzi

Discovery of cometary appearance of 2011 KP36

2011 KP36 was originally discovered as an asteroid by T. H. Bressi of Spacewatch survey on 2011, May 21. Its orbit was unusual (actually a=38.6 AU, e=0.87, i=19°), belonging to the outer Solar System. Its T3 parameter (respect to Jupiter) … Continue reading

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Discovery of cometary nature of 2011 FR143

2011 FR143 was discovered by the Mt.Lemmon Sky Survey (part of the Catalina Sky Survey) on 2011 Mar. 29 and followed until Apr. 26. Its orbit was quite unusual (a=6.83 AU, e= 0.45 and a period of 17.9 yrs) and … Continue reading

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New comets COMET P/2012 F5 (Gibbs) & C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)

P/2012 F5 was discovered by Alex Gibbs on images taken with the 1.5-m f/2 reflector of the Mount Lemmon Sky Survey (part of the CSS) on Mar. 22.28. He described the comet having a stellar coma and a long, narrow … Continue reading

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New comet C/2012 A2 (LINEAR)

C/2012 A2 (LINEAR) was discovered by the LINEAR survey on 2012, Jan. 15.41 with a 1.0-m f/2.15 reflector + CCD located near Socorro, New Mexico. It was subsequently placed on the NEO Confirmation Page, where other observatories (including me at … Continue reading

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(99942) Apophis observations

(99942) Apophis (formerly known as 2004 MN4) was discovered on 2004 Jun. 19 by R. Tucker, D. Tholen and F. Bernardi from Kitt Peak National Observatory, and observed just for a 1-day arc. On 2004 Dec. 18, in the normal … Continue reading

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Comet C/2011 UF305 (LINEAR)

2011 UF305 was discovered by the LINEAR survey on 2011, Oct. 31.07, and subsequently placed on the NEO Confirmation Page. It was confirmed by several observatories and MPEC 2011-V16 was released on Nov. 3. Its very unusual preliminary orbital elements … Continue reading

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New comet C/2011 Y3 (Boattini)

C/2011 Y3 (Boattini) was discovered by Andrea Boattini on 2011, Dec. 25.24 with the 1.5-m f/2 reflector + CCD from Mount Lemmon Sky Survey (part of the Catalina Sky Survey). He described the comet as being very diffuse with central … Continue reading

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