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Comets C/2009 A8, 2009 A9, 2009 A10, 2009 O1 (STEREO)

Orbital elements:
Comet T q e Peri. Node Incl. C
CK09A080 2009 Jan. 5.46 0.0055 1.0 79.55 0.87 143.33 X
CK09A090 2009 Jan. 11.60 0.0047 1.0 79.01 4.53 145.23 X
CK09A100 2009 Jan. 11.66 0.0050 1.0 74.97 359.65 145.49 X
CK09O010 2009 July 19.450 0.00526 1.0 84.232 5.164 144.453 X

MPEC 2009 - O25


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Comets C/2009 B6, 2009 B7, 2009 C1, 2009 C2 (STEREO)

Orbital elements:
Comet T q e Peri. Node Incl. C
CK09B060 2009 Jan. 20.77 0.0056 1.0 80.15 0.01 143.22 X
CK09B070 2009 Jan. 30.74 0.0049 1.0 86.84 0.92 145.64 X
CK09C010 2009 Feb. 11.07 0.0050 1.0 89.46 0.27 145.77 X
CK09C020 2009 Feb. 13.18 0.0051 1.0 84.79 6.01 144.28 X

MPEC 2009 - M37


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Crystals found in comets could be the remnants of stellar burps.
We know that half the dust inside comets is crystalline, but where did it come from? The dust in the gas cloud that formed comets and the rest of the solar system is thought to consist of amorphous glass-like grains instead.
In January 2008, Attila Juhász of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues, studied the infrared light given off before and after an outburst of the young star EX Lupi, which allowed them to infer the chemical composition of the dust surrounding the star.

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Observable Comets for 2009 April 29

MPEC 2009 -G24

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Swathes of dark comets may be prowling the solar system, posing a deadly threat to Earth.
Hazardous comets and asteroids are monitored by various space agencies under an umbrella effort known as Spaceguard. The vast majority of objects found so far are rocky asteroids. Yet UK-based astronomers Bill Napier at Cardiff University and David Asher at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland claim that many comets could be going undetected.

"There is a case to be made that dark, dormant comets are a significant but largely unseen hazard" - Bill Napier.

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Observable Comets For 2009 Feb. 28

MPEC 2009 -C69


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Title: The chemical diversity of comets
Authors: J. Crovisier, N. Biver, D. Bockelée-Morvan, J. Boissier, P. Colom, D.C. Lis

A fundamental question in cometary science is whether the different dynamical classes of comets have different chemical compositions, which would reflect different initial conditions. From the ground or Earth orbit, radio and infrared spectroscopic observations of a now significant sample of comets indeed reveal deep differences in the relative abundances of cometary ices. However, no obvious correlation with dynamical classes is found. Further results come, or are expected, from space exploration. Such investigations, by nature limited to a small number of objects, are unfortunately focussed on short-period comets (mainly Jupiter-family). But these in situ studies provide "ground truth" for remote sensing. We discuss the chemical differences in comets from our database of spectroscopic radio observations, which has been recently enriched by several Jupiter-family and Halley-type comets.

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Comets reaching perihelion in 2009

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Observable Comets (2009 Jan. 29.0 TT)

MPEC 2009 -A62

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Comet 2008 SO266, Comet 2008 SP266
Orbital elements:
Object H G Epoch M Peri. Node Incl. e a Arc C
K08SQ6O 6.8 0.15 K08AL 31.515 149.429 159.116 18.960 0.38394 42.70519 67 X
K08SQ6P 6.0 0.15 K08AL 327.499 289.639 140.754 19.346 0.36454 47.70863 65 X
MPEC 2008 -Y07

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