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Friday
Sep012017

ALERT! URGENT! Comet 29P monitoring requested for Outburst capture (1-3 September)

Location of comet 29P as seen from the SSO scopes at  10:34 pm local time as it transits the meridian. The large rectangel is the field of view of T12, the small rectangle is the field fo view of T17. click to embiggen.

Comet 29P is known for it irregular outbursts. It has recently undergone a series of four outbursts in 13 days, reacing magnitude 13.5 (from magnitude 15.7!).  there was a major outburst on August 27, reacting magnitude 12 from magnitude 14.

 

Comet 29P recent out bursts (taken from the comet and asteroid FB group)

Richard Miles has called fro observations of 29P for possible new outbursts.

"Observers should be alert for a possible third outburst of 29P between now and 2017 September 03.0"

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We now have strong evidence of two cryovolcanoes erupting twice on consecutive rotations (local days) of the nucleus during June 27 to August 27.

Looking at the entire dataset spanning 15 years (1 orbit of the Sun = 1 local year), there have been 130 outbursts detected and timed accurately. Of these there have been 14 instances of pairs of eruptions on consecutive rotations, and 10 instances when the same sources have erupted three times - each separated by one rotation. So that amounts to 45% of all outbursts happened on consecutive rotations from a small number (<10?) of cryovolcanic vents. It is this characteristic that makes it possible to predict some outbursts.

In addition, there have been 30 outbursts (23%) that have triggered a further outburst in their vicinity, i.e. within about 60 degrees longitude of each other.

That leaves only 25 events (19%) which are either isolated ones, or are repeat events from the same source but spaced in time by two or more local days on the nucleus. P.S. There are two other factors - one is that during the early years lots of outbursts were missed - second is that outbursts are missed very early on (and late on) in each apparition as the comet is close to solar conjunction."

Recent images of the comet from the Liverpool and Faulkes telescopes are here.

The comet is in Capricorn, between  iota Capricornii and Theta Capricorii, not far from 29 Cap. The comet is visible from both southern and northern scopes, although the Southern scopes have the best view. The comet transits at around 10:30 pm local time, however the waxing Moon will make observations increasingly difficult. On the 3rd the comet is just 6 degrees form the nearly full Moon. Narrow band observations will be required, R band observations may be best.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

0029P         2019 03 07.7582  5.766822  0.043032   47.7745  312.3946    9.3683  20190318   4.0  4.0    29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Sunday
Jul302017

ALERT! Bright new cometC/2016 01

Comet C/2017 O1, discovered by the ASASSN supernova survey, as seen from the SSO scopes at astronomical twilight. The rectangle is the field of view of T12.

Comet C/2017 is a surprisingly bright comet which was recently discovered by the ASASSN supernova survey. It is currently around magnitude 9.8. It is unclear if the comet is in outburst, or has "switched on" as it crossed the frost line.

While the comet is already bright, observations are requested to follow its development. It is predicted to reach magnitude 7.5 in October.

Currently it is between Cetus and Eridanus, above Eta Eri. It is currently best seen in the SSO scopes, from about 230 am local time to astronomical twilight, from the Northern scopes the observations are limited to just before astronomical twilight. Currently it has no ineteresting encounters.

Over the month the comet evolves into a better viewing position, but by September it is more favourable for the northern scopes, and at maximum it is a northern object.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

CK17O010  2017 10 14.2791  1.506382  1.000000   20.2969   25.9497   39.7560            11.0  4.0      C/2017 O1

 

Sunday
Jul302017

UPDATE! Asteroid 2008 GO98 retains coma and tail, continued observation requested.

Location of hilda type asteroid2008 GO98 as seen from SSO at transit (midnight local time). The rectangle is the field of view of T09.

As outlined in MPEC 2017-N50 : COMETARY ACTIVITY IN (457175) 2008 GO98 the Hilda type asteroid 2008 GO98 has displayed cometary like activity.

After several weeks of observation cometary activity of this object is still occurring, making it more likely this is an outburst of a previously dormant comet. On going observation is requested.

The asteroid is in an exclet position for observation from both northern and southern hemisphere telescopes, being visible from around 11 pm to astronomical twilight above alpha Equllus.

However, it will be a challenge to image being at magnitude 18 (brighter than the predicted 18.6) and will require deep exposures with narrow field instruments.

 The MPEC one line ephemeris is:

j7175   12.9   0.15 K1794  47.05002   53.42004  192.60962   15.57158  0.2805399  0.12496973   3.9621675  0 MPO413525   297   8 2001-2017 0.54 M-v 38h MPC        0000 (457175) 2008 GO98          20170706

Tuesday
Jul042017

ALERT! Asteroid 2008 GO98 has a "cometary outburst", follow up requested.

Location of hilda type asteroid2008 GO98 as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The rectangle is the field of view of T05.

As outlined in MPEC 2017-N50 : COMETARY ACTIVITY IN (457175) 2008 GO98 the Hilda type asteroid 2008 GO98 has displayed cometary like activity and follow up and monitoring is urgently requested.

As yet it is not clear in the outburst is a debris field for a collision with another object, or an outburst of a previously dormant comet.

Daniel Bamberger writes in a facebook post: "Looking at earlier data for this object, I believe that this is an ongoing outburst that started in early 2016, when 2008 GO98 began to brighten by about 4 mag.
This object is in an unstable orbit and could have been a Centaur as recently as 2,000 years ago. Such an orbit is typical for a Jupiter-family comet, but not for a resonant Hilda asteroid."

SO ongoing observation wil help resolv the nature of this outburst.

The asteroid is in an exclet position for observation from both northern and southern hemisphere telescopes, being visible from around 11 pm to astronomical twilight above epsilon pegasii.

However, it will be a challenge to image being at magnitude 17.2 (brighter than the predictedd 18.6) and will require deep exposures with narrow field instruments.

 The MPEC one line ephemeris is:

j7175   13.3   0.15 K1794  47.05006   53.41982  192.60981   15.57167  0.2805403  0.12496971   3.9621680  0 MPO411414   229   7 2001-2017 0.51 M-v 38h MPC        0000 (457175)                    20170603