COMET RESOURCE CENTER
IMAGE GALLERY -- LAS CUMBRES OBSERVATORY
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LEFT: Comet Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto C/2018 V1 (no. 655) on November 15, 2018, as imaged from Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands. RIGHT: Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 (no. 656) on November 17, 2018, also from Teide Observatory.
This object (in center), discovered by Pan-STARRS in October 2017, is traveling on a slightly hyperbolic orbit and initially appeared asteroidal, and thus was designated A/2017 U7. This image, taken with the 1-meter telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales on November 1, 2018, clearly shows it to be cometary. It passes perihelion in September 2019 at the rather large heliocentric distance of 6.4 AU.
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