Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Comet: P/2010 R2 (LA SAGRA)

IAU circular No. 9169, issued on September 20, 2010, announces the discovery by La Sagra Sky Survey (LSSS) of a new comet on Sept. 14.9 UT with a 0.45-m f/2.8 reflector. After posting on the Minor Planet Center's NEOCP webpage, some observers have commented on the cometary appearance of this 18.4 magnitude object, designated P/2010 R2 (LA SAGRA).

We have been able to confirm this object remotely, using a 0.15-m f/7.3 refractor at the Tzec Maun Observatory (near Moorook, Australia): on Sept. 17.6, co-adding of 12 unfiltered exposures, 300-seconds each, show a condensed coma nearly 10-arcsec in diameter.


Our confirming image (click on the image for a bigger version):


According to the IAUC No. 9169 & the latest orbital elements on MPEC 2010-S28, this object appears to be another "main-belt comet", similar to 133P = (7968) Elst-Pizarro.

This is the 4th discovery for the amateur survey La Sagra. Congratulation to the LSSS team members. The full discovery story has been posted on LSSS website:

http://bit.ly/cl3Chm


by G. Sostero, E. Guido, L. Donato & V. Gonano

2 comments:

Belle said...

Very cool.

Team said...

@Belle

Thanks, appreciated!!

Ernesto