Comets - 260P/McNaught - 0260P
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 9 September 2019 Perihelion Distance (q) 1.4 Aphelion Distance (Q) 5.8 Period (Years)   6.9 Eccentricity (e)   0.61 Inclination (i)   15.1 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 13 October 2019
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260P/McNaught = 2005 K3 = 2012 K2 Rob McNaught discovered a 17th magnitude comet with the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt during the Siding Spring Survey on 20 May 2005. Its period is 7.1 years with perihelion at 1.51 AU in August 2005. The comet was recovered by M Masek with the 0.3m reflector at the Pierre Auger Observatory, Malargue on 15 May 2012 and it will reach perihelion in September, 0.22 days earlier than predicted. It reached a peak near 11th magnitude in October 2012. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 30-Jun-19   15.69   0.02 14.4 0.8 13-Jul-19   15.11   0.02 13.6 0.8 28-Jul-19   14.79   0.02 12.8 0.9 12-Aug-19   14.18   0.05 12.1 0.8 26-Aug-19   14.27   0.01 12.5 1.0 02-Sep-19   14.00   0.04 12.4 1.5 10-Sep-19   13.69   0.01 12.1 1.2 24-Sep-19   13.61   0.01 11.7 1.8 01-Oct-19   13.56   0.01 11.7 1.6 08-Oct-19   13.49   0.01 11.6 1.4