Comets - A/2019 C1 - AK19C010
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 4 May 2020 Perihelion Distance (q) 6.6 Aphelion Distance (Q) 1,661 Period (Years)   24,073 Eccentricity (e)   0.99 Inclination (i)   36.0 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 15 September 2019
An 18th magnitude object was discovered in images taken with the 0.5m Schmidt at Mauna Loa on 5 February 2019 by the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) team. There were pre-discovery images made in mid January from the Heleakala ATLAS. No cometary activity has been detected, however the object is in a long period orbit with perihelion at 6.6 au in May 2020 . It has therefore been given a cometary style asteroidal designation. It may show activity nearer perihelion, though this is only 0.7 au closer than its discovery distance. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 07-May-19   18.01   0.02 17.3 0.3