Comets - C/2015 VL62 Lemmon-Yeung-PANSTARRS - CK15V62L
Type Hyperbolic Perihelion Date 28 August 2017 Perihelion Distance (q) 2.7 Aphelion Distance (Q) n/a Period (Years)   n/a Eccentricity (e)   1.00 Inclination (i)   165.6 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 16 November 2018
COMETS COMETS
DEEP SKY DEEP SKY
A 20th magnitude comet was discovered in PanSTARRS 1 images taken with the 1.8m Ritchey- Chretien on 2016 January 23. After posting on the PCCP it was linked first to asteroid 2015 YY6 discovered in December by Bill Yeung, then to asteroid 2015 VL62 discovered in early November 2015 from Mount Lemmon. The comet is in a retrograde hyperbolic orbit and will approach Jupiter to 0.9 au in 2018 November on its way out of the solar system.   Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 06-Sep-16 16.93 0.01 16.8 0.2 14-Sep-16 16.80 0.02 16.4 0.2 25-Sep-16 16.53 0.07 14.8 0.2 02-Oct-16 16.41 0.02 16.1 0.3 25-Nov-16 16.21 0.03 15.7 0.3 19-Dec-16 16.39 0.04 15.8 0.3 27-Dec-16 16.56 0.02 16.1 0.3 23-Jan-17 16.52 0.03 15.8 0.3 03-Jun-17 15.68 0.09 13.1 0.4 03-Jul-17 15.52 0.01 14.0 1.0 19-Jul-17 15.46 0.01 13.8 1.0 27-Jul-17 15.29 0.01 13.7 1.2 15-Aug-17 15.12 0.01 12.5 1.1 21-Aug-17 15.07 0.04 13.0 1.0 28-Aug-17 15.33 0.02 13.5 0.8 10-Sep-17 15.57 0.02 n/a n/a 18-Sep-17 15.94 0.03 15.0 0.6 08-Oct-17 16.53 0.09 15.9 0.4
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