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 UN216

This sequence of 3 track-and-stacks was taken on the evening of October 30, between 22:09 and 23:19 UT. This amor-class NEO was moving slowly at a speed of 0.8 arcsec/min through the constellation Eridanus. It was caught low on the eastern horizon just about 8 degrees altitude at a magnitude of 19.2. We decided to give it a shot when it was listed as 6U330EF on the NEOCP. It was a discovery by the Catalina Sky Survey made on the 28th.

Despite the unfavourable position in the sky we where able to make it clearly visible.

Unfortunately our astrometry was lost due to an formatting error in the email sent to the MPC so it was not accounted for. I realized my mistake a couple of days later, when I couldn't find an entry in the DOU.

2006 UN216

2006 UN216, 19.2 mag , P.A. 70.3°, 0.85"/min
3 stacks of 40x30 sec., 16 inch SC, ST8-XME 2x2 binned.