Comet 81/P WIld
Comet 81/P Wild

Comet Wild 2 is a short periodic comet with an orbital period of 6 years. Before its close encounter with Jupiter during September 1974 his orbit was almost circular and had a 43 year period. But the gravitational pull of the giant gas planet made Wild 2 to a member of the inner solar system. In 2004 the comet was target of the NASA mission "Stardust", which took samples of the coma and returned them back to earth. Our image was obtained during a trip to southern france in February 2010 and shows a nice 1 degree long tail.

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2006 RZ

... was discovered by amateur Helmut Michels at Herrenberg, Germany on September 4, 2006. One of the rare PHA discoveries by amateurs today. It was posted with impact solutions on September 6 and removed on the 15th. It had its close approach of 0.0129 AU (4.9 lunar distances) on October 7. It was a Goldstone Radar target on October 4. The size is estimated with 310 meters.

We provided follow-up observations on September 9, 11, 12 and 29.

2006 RZ

2006 RZ, PHA, 18.2 mag , P.A. 314.5°, 0.82"/min
3 stacks of 180 sec. each, 16 inch SC, ST8-XME 2x2 binned, North is down and east is to the right.