C/2012 V2 (LINEAR)

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Type: Periodic Perihelion date: 16 August 2013 Perihelion distance (q): 1.5 Aphelion distance (Q) : 1,223 Period (years): 15,149 Eccentricity (e): 1.00 Inclination (i): 67.2 JPL orbit diagram COBS lightcurve LINEAR discovered a 19th magnitude comet on 5 November 2012, at relatively high northern declination. The comet was spotted by Vladimir Bezugly in SWAN imagery in July 2013 suggesting that it was at least two magnitudes brighter than expected. It become visible to southern hemisphere observers in mid August, when it was about 9th magnitude and remained this bright in early October, before fading. Observations (VEMag = visual equivalent magnitude) Date 10x10 mag Error VEmag Coma ' 23-Sep-13 11.93 0.02 8.5 2.1 03-Oct-13 11.64 0.01 8.6 1.7 07-Oct-13 11.92 0.03 8.6 1.9 11-Oct-13 12.38 0.01 9.0 2.6 15-Oct-13 12.39 0.01 9.0 0.9 23-Oct-13 12.40 0.01 9.0 1.8 30-Oct-13 13.08 0.01 9.7 1.4 06-Nov-13 13.22 0.03 9.9 1.2 17-Nov-13 13.29 0.02 9.7 0.5 21-Nov-13 13.71 0.03 10.2 0.8 16-Apr-14 16.85 0.13 16.6 0.2 23-Apr-14 17.47 0.06 15.9 0.2 16-May-14 17.63 0.10 17.5 0.2