Comets - 240P/NEAT- 0240P
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 15 May 2018 Perihelion Distance (q) 2.1 Aphelion Distance (Q) 5.6 Period (Years)   7.6 Eccentricity (e)   0.45 Inclination (i)   23.5 Click for NASA orbit diagram 
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 6 May 2018
COMETS COMETS
DEEP SKY DEEP SKY
K. J. Lawrence reported the discovery of a comet of magnitude 18.4 by the NEAT team from CCD images taken with the 1.2-m Schmidt telescope at Palomar on 7 December 2002. The comet was independently recovered between 9 and 11 August 2010 by H. Taylor (Rayle, GA, U.S.A., 25-cm reflector), by H. Sato (Tokyo, Japan; remotely, 25-cm reflector, RAS Observatory, Mayhill, NM, U.S.A.; 20" coma and 30" tail in p.a. 260 deg), by L. Elenin (Lyubertsy, Russia; remotely, 45-cm f/2.8 astrograph, ISON-NM Observatory, Mayhill; 50" tail), and by T. Yusa (telescope data same as for Sato; faint 25" tail in p.a. 252 deg). Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 11-Oct-17 15.74 0.04 14.0 0.7 11-Oct-17 15.74 0.04 13.6 1.0 25-Oct-17 15.92 0.01 13.6 0.8 20-Nov-17 16.11 0.02 12.8 0.9 01-Jan-18 16.36 0.02 13.4 0.8 11-Feb-18 16.16 0.05 13.4 1.2