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.

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


Belle said...

Very cool.

Team said...


Thanks, appreciated!!