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Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   mag    

2009 07 08 08 41.97 -13 37.7 1.805 1.263 42.7 33.1 8.3
2009 07 13 08 54.82 -16 50.1 1.809 1.289 44.0 33.2 8.4
2009 07 18 09 08.19 -20 02.3 1.816 1.318 45.4 33.3 8.5
2009 07 23 09 22.17 -23 13.6 1.825 1.351 46.8 33.3 8.6
2009 07 28 09 36.82 -26 22.9 1.838 1.388 48.3 33.1 8.7
2009 08 02 09 52.22 -29 29.1 1.854 1.427 49.7 32.9 8.9
2009 08 07 10 08.41 -32 30.7 1.875 1.468 51.1 32.5 9.0
2009 08 12 10 25.47 -35 26.1 1.901 1.512 52.3 32.0 9.2
2009 08 17 10 43.45 -38 13.8 1.931 1.558 53.5 31.5 9.4
2009 08 22 11 02.37 -40 52.3 1.967 1.605 54.4 30.8 9.5
2009 08 27 11 22.24 -43 20.0 2.008 1.654 55.2 30.1 9.7


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Orbital elements:
C/2008 T2 (Cardinal)
Epoch 2009 June 18.0 TT = JDT 2455000.5
T 2009 June 13.22509 TT MPC
q 1.2022165 (2000.0) P Q
z -0.0001077 Peri. 215.86850 -0.76755509 +0.02805348
+/-0.0000434 Node 309.67531 +0.57575714 -0.40890759
e 1.0001295 Incl. 56.30466 -0.28171420 -0.91214450
MPEC 2008 -X60

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Siksika band member discovers comet
On Oct. 1 Cardinal, an astronomer and member of the Siksika Band, discovered what turned out to be a comet. Over the days it took to really investigate the comet he kept hoping it would be an asteroid coming close to earth. Finding asteroids is his job and passion, so finding one would have been of great scientific interest to him and his colleagues.


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The C/2008 T2 Cardinal comet will be visible next June, when it makes its closest approach to the sun and develops a large coma and tail in the southern hemisphere. Many scientists are working on determining more about the route of the comet. Cardinal encouraged people to come out to observe it at the RAO.

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A hunt for asteroids in the night sky has led to an unusual distinction for a University of Calgary researcher -- a comet bearing his name.
Rob Cardinal, a researcher at the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, was looking for asteroids when something else appeared at the edge of the visual field.
The object that appeared over the North Star could only be a comet or an asteroid.
 
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A new magnitude 14 comet C/2008 T2 (Cardinal) was discovered by R.D. Cardinal (Rothney Astrophysical Observatory), on the 1st October, 2008.
The preliminary orbital elements of the comet indicate a perihelion passage on the 16th June, 2009, at a distance of 1.2 AU from the Sun.

(MPEC 2008-T88)
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