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STEREO Comets: C/2008 D1, D2, D3, D4
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Four new comets were discovered on  NRL/SECCHI  images  taken by  various remote   instruments  (HI1-A, COR2-A, HI1-B, COR2-B) on the STEREO-A and STEREO-B satellites.

C/2008 D1 (STEREO) - Alan Watson - HI1-A, February 16, 2008 (20:09-23:29 UTC)
C/2008 D2 (STEREO) - Alan Watson - HI1-A, February 19, 2008 (16:09-18:49 UTC)
C/2008 D3 (STEREO) - Alan Watson - HI1-A, February 20, 2008 (04:09-08:49 UTC)
C/2008 D4 (STEREO) - Rainer Kracht - HI1-A, February 21, 2008 (00:49-02:49 UTC)

Orbital elements:
Comet T q e Peri. Node Incl. C
CK08D010 2008 Feb. 17.76 0.0052 1.0 99.09 15.82 140.28 X
CK08D020 2008 Feb. 20.51 0.0051 1.0 90.43 11.17 143.49 X
CK08D030 2008 Feb. 22.398 0.00528 1.0 78.905 358.785 143.994 X
CK08D040 2008 Feb. 21.79 0.0049 1.0 77.24 15.67 145.98 X


These four STEREO comets,  the first discovered by the satellite, belong to the Kreutz Sungrazers group of comets.

MPEC 2008-E58

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