Comets - P/2016 A3 PANSTARRS - PK16A030
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 13 April 2017 Perihelion Distance (q) 4.8 Aphelion Distance (Q) 10.6 Period (Years)   21.4 Eccentricity (e)   0.38 Inclination (i)   8.6 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 6 May 2018
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A 21st magnitude comet was discovered in PanSTARRS 1 images taken with the 1.8m Ritchey- Chretien on January 4.  The comet is at perihelion at 4.8 au in 2017 March and has a period of around 20 years however the uncertainty in the elements is still large. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 04-Feb-16   19.68 0.06 18.7 0.2 21-Feb-17 18.45 0.08 17.8 0.2 01-Mar-17 18.49 0.03 17.8 0.2 20-Mar-17 18.31 0.04 17.5 0.2
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