Comets - 327P/Van Ness - 0327P
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 12 December 2015 Perihelion Distance (q) 1.6 Aphelion Distance (Q) 5.6 Period (Years)   6.7 Eccentricity (e)   0.56 Inclination (i)   36.2 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 6 May 2018
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Michael E. Van Ness, Lowell Observatory, reported his discovery of a 17th mag comet with a moderately condensed 24" coma and a fan-shaped tail about 200" long in p.a. 270 deg on LONEOS images taken on 2002 August 17. The cometary nature was confirmed by several other CCD astrometric observers on August 18, who all reported a generally diffuse coma with diameter about 14"-25"; several also noted a tail about 25"-120" long in p.a. 260-270 deg. It was periodic with a period of around 6.6 years and was past perihelion. A possible comet found by PanSTARRS on August 6 was tentatively identified as 2002 Q1 (P/Van Ness) by Gareth Williams. Krisztian Sarneczky independently recovered the comet on images taken with the 0.6m Schmidt at Piszkesteto Station of Konkoly Observatory on August 10 by A Sodor. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 31-Oct-15 18.17 0.08 17.7 0.2 22-Dec-15 17.61 0.14 16.3 0.2
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