Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Comet: C/2013 G7 (McNAUGHT)

Cbet nr. 3476, issued on 2013, April 16, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude ~18) by R. H. McNaught on CCD images obtained with the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring on april 13.6. The new comet has been designated C/2013 G7 (McNAUGHT).

We performed follow-up measurements of this object, while it was still on the neocp. Stacking of 17 R-filtered exposures, 40-sec each, obtained remotely from Haleakala-Faulkes Telescope North on 2013, April 15.4, through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien + CCD (operated by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network), shows that this object is a comet: compact coma about 6" in diameter.

Below you can see our image. Click on it for a bigger version.

M.P.E.C. 2013-H10 assigns the following preliminary parabolic orbital elements to comet C/2013 G7: T 2014 Apr. 20.34; e= 1.0; Peri. = 225.32; q = 4.38;  Incl.= 104.11

Images of C/2013 G7 (McNAUGHT) taken in collaboration with the Faulkes Project and:

Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus - Errol Simpson

by Ernesto Guido & Nick Howes

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