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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(68950) 2002 QF15 - Start of our astrometric program

2002QF15
Our first astrometric measurements after receiving IAU Code number A17 were sent to the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge. Target was the numbered object (68950) - an Apollo type minor planet with an approx. size of 1.6 - 3.5 km. During a 2 hour timespan 7 stacked images were taken with the Vixen VC200, reduced and measured with Astrometrica.

 

 COD A17
OBS M. Emmerich, S. Melchert
MEA M. Emmerich, S. Melchert
NET USNO-B1.0
TEL 0.2-m Cassegrain f/7,25 + CCD

68950 C2003 09 24.82905 02 32 21.60 +79 28 13.7 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.84078 02 32 26.10 +79 28 39.1 16.8 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.85169 02 32 30.33 +79 29 01.6 16.5 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.86597 02 32 35.94 +79 29 33.0 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.87983 02 32 41.31 +79 30 02.3 16.6 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.89547 02 32 47.27 +79 30 35.4 16.5 V A17
68950 C2003 09 24.91135 02 32 53.34 +79 31 09.6 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 25.82693 02 39 20.79 +80 02 29.5 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 25.83973 02 39 26.45 +80 02 56.4 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 25.86153 02 39 35.69 +80 03 44.9 16.7 V A17
68950 C2003 09 25.87975 02 39 44.31 +80 04 23.3 16.7 V A17
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