344P/Read (0344P)

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Type: Periodic Perihelion date: 31 October 2016 Perihelion distance (q): 2.8 Aphelion distance (Q) : 6.9 Period (years): 10.7 Eccentricity (e): 0.42 Inclination (i): 3.5 JPL orbit diagram COBS lightcurve COMET 344P = P/2016 Q1 = P/2005 S3 (READ) Michael Read discovered a 19th magnitude comet on Spacewatch images taken on 30 September 2005. K. Sarneczky, Konkoly Observatory; and P. Szekely, University of Szeged, recovered the comet P/2005 S3 (cf. IAUC 8608) on unfiltered CCD exposures taken with the 0.60-m Schmidt telescope at thePiszkesteto Station of Konkoly Observatory. Observations (VEMag = visual equivalent magnitude) Date 10x10 mag Error VEmag Coma ' 19-Dec-16 18.10 0.03 17.5 0.2 29-Dec-16 18.36 0.06 17.5 0.2 17-Jan-17 18.79 0.10 18.2 0.2 26-Jan-17 18.95 0.09 18.4 0.2