Comets - 180P/NEAT - 0180P
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 12 December 2015 Perihelion Distance (q) 2.5 Aphelion Distance (Q) 5.2 Period (Years)   7.6 Eccentricity (e)   0.36 Inclination (i)   16.9 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 6 May 2018
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The comet was initially designated C/2006 U3 following observations by S. Pravdo, E. Helin and K. Lawrence, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on May 20 and 21, 2006, on CCD images taken with the 1.2-m reflector at Haleakala . M. Tichy and M. Kocer, Klet Observatory, reported that the object had a 14" coma on May 21. P. Pravec and P. Kusnirak, Ondrejov Observatory, report a 0'.3 coma and a 0'.8 tail in p.a. 290 deg on May 21. T. B. Spahr, Minor Planet Center, has identified asteroidal observations of the object in LONEOS and LINEAR data back to Feb. 2. Separately, J. L. Ortiz and A. Mora recovered comet C/2001 K1 (P/NEAT) on CCD images obtained with the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope at La Palma. The images were measured by Reiner Stoss. The comet was essentially stellar and magnitude 22 and confirmed a tentative identification made by Reiner of the comet on Palomar Sky Survey plates from 1955. The comet was subsequently designated as 180P. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 04-Mar-16 17.85 0.08 17.4 0.2 12-Mar-16 17.72 0.02 16.3 0.2 13-Apr-16 17.54 0.02 15.2 0.2 02-May-16 17.49 0.05 15.1 0.2 11-May-16 17.62 0.04 16.3 0.2 28-May-16 17.77 0.06 n/a n/a 08-Jun-16 17.91 0.03 15.1 0.2
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