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New Comet: C/2013 G3 (PANSTARRS)

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posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 11:54 AM
Another new comet discovery has just been announced, yet again using the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Haleakala. No word yet on how bright this comet will become or if it will be visible to the naked eye.

Cbet nr. 3472, issued on 2013, April 04, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude ~20.7) by PANSTARRS survey on CCD images obtained with the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Haleakala on April 10.4. The new comet has been designated C/2013 G3 (PANSTARRS).

We performed follow-up measurements of this object, while it was still on the neocp. Stacking of 11 R-filtered exposures, 50-sec each, obtained remotely on 2013, April 11.4 from E10 Faulkes Telescope South through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien + CCD, shows that this object is slightly diffused.The FWHM of this object was measured about 20% wider than that of nearby field stars of similar brightness.


Hopefully we will have an update on this new comet's potential soon.

posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 12:04 PM

Originally posted by FireballStorm
Another new comet discovery has just been announced

Yay. 22 new comets this year already.

posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 03:41 PM
reply to post by alfa1

Makes you wonder how many we've been missing until now!

posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 04:54 PM
Exciting stuff. Can't wait to hear more about it. I hope I hope it flies by so we can see it! Busy skies.

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