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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2008 JO24

was discovered on May 10, 2008 by the Mount Lemmon Survey (G96). The discovery was confirmed by the Guidestar Observatory over 12 hours later. The discovery was announced in MPEC K08J62 on May 12. 2008 JO24 was posted as an impact risk by JPL Sentry but removed from the list on the same day. The size is estimated with approx. 900 meters.

60 short exposures of 20 seconds were taken and stacked to compensate for the motion of the NEO. The object is faintly visible on the edge of the limiting magnitude of our 14 inch telescope.

2008 JO24

2008 JO24, NEO, 20.5 mag , P.A. 89.5°, 1.68"/min  3 stacks of 600 sec. each, 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, ST8-XME 2x2 binned, image scale 1.75"/pixel