Comets - P/2010 H2 (Vales) - PK10H020
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 13 September 2017 Perihelion Distance (q) 3.1 Aphelion Distance (Q) 4.6 Period (Years)   7.5 Eccentricity (e)   0.20 Inclination (i)   14.3 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 14 August 2018
On 16 April 2010, Jan Vales of the Crni Vrh observatory, Slovenia, discovered a 13th magnitude 'star' moving slowly across the sky. Observations using larger telescopes some hours later showed the object was slightly more diffuse than the adjacent stars and it was subsequently identified as a new comet, one that seems to have undergone an outburst of 7 magnitudes or more within a time interval of less than 14 hr. The orbit of the object shows that the parent body is one of the family of asteroids known as the Hildas, which are held in their orbit through resonance with the planet Jupiter. We may have witnessed an event whereby the asteroid in question has collided with a smaller body causing it to disintegrate into fragments, releasing dust and gas in the process. On the other hand, some internal process may have triggered what is essentially a cometary outburst. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma '