Comets - C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto) - CK20A020
Type Parabolic Perihelion Date 8 January 2020 Perihelion Distance (q) 1.0 Aphelion Distance (Q) n/a Period (Years) n/a Eccentricity (e) 1.00 Inclination (i) 120.7 Click for NASA orbit diagram NO MAGNITUDE ESTIMATES AVAILABLE
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020
Masayuki Iwamoto, Awa, Tokushima-ken, Japan, discovered a 13th magnitude comet on two CCD frames taken on 8 January 2020 with a 10-cm Pentax 400-mm-f.l. f/4.0 lens and a Canon EOS 6D camera. It was posted on the PCCP as IF033. Following posting, Gennady Borisov confirmed the 15th magnitude comet in frames taken on 13 January. Early orbit calculations suggest that whilst it may brighten a little, it will not become brighter than 13th magnitude. Its elongation will increase, but it is a morning object. Some visual observations suggest that it may be as bright as 9th magnitude. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 07-Feb-20 15.40 0.05 12.3 3.2 16-Feb-20 15.72 0.02 12.6 3.8 17-Feb-20 15.77 0.13 12.7 3.4