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Comet P/2010 B2 (WISE) is at Perihelion (1.612 AU) in the constellation Cancer on the 14th June 2015.

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Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r    Elong.  Phase   Mag
2015 06 13    08 49 00.8 +20 41 48   2.1115  1.6120    47.6    27.7  20.7
2015 06 14    08 51 49.3 +20 26 24   2.1164  1.6120    47.4    27.6  20.7
2015 06 15    08 54 37.5 +20 10 51   2.1214  1.6120    47.1    27.5  20.7
2015 06 16    08 57 25.4 +19 55 08   2.1265  1.6121    46.8    27.4  20.7
2015 06 17    09 00 13.0 +19 39 17   2.1315  1.6123    46.6    27.2  20.7
2015 06 18    09 03 00.3 +19 23 16   2.1366  1.6125    46.3    27.1  20.7
2015 06 19    09 05 47.3 +19 07 07   2.1417  1.6128    46.1    27.0  20.7
2015 06 20    09 08 34.0 +18 50 50   2.1468  1.6131    45.8    26.9  20.7
2015 06 21    09 11 20.3 +18 34 24   2.1520  1.6135    45.6    26.7  20.7
2015 06 22    09 14 06.3 +18 17 50   2.1572  1.6140    45.3    26.6  20.7
2015 06 23    09 16 52.0 +18 01 09   2.1624  1.6145    45.1    26.5  20.8
2015 06 24    09 19 37.3 +17 44 19   2.1677  1.6150    44.9    26.4  20.8
2015 06 25    09 22 22.3 +17 27 22   2.1730  1.6156    44.6    26.2  20.8
2015 06 26    09 25 06.9 +17 10 18   2.1783  1.6163    44.4    26.1  20.8
2015 06 27    09 27 51.1 +16 53 06   2.1836  1.6170    44.1    26.0  20.8
2015 06 28    09 30 35.0 +16 35 47   2.1890  1.6177    43.9    25.8  20.8
2015 06 29    09 33 18.5 +16 18 21   2.1944  1.6186    43.6    25.7  20.8
2015 06 30    09 36 01.6 +16 00 49   2.1998  1.6194    43.4    25.5  20.8


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Comet P/2010 B2 (WISE) makes its closest approach to the Earth (0.959 AU) on the 11th April, 2010.

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Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   Mag
2010 04 04 14 54.91 -25 50.0 0.965 1.870 144.2 18.2 19.6
2010 04 09 14 51.25 -26 19.9 0.960 1.892 149.3 15.7 19.7
2010 04 14 14 46.81 -26 43.2 0.960 1.914 154.5 13.0 19.7
2010 04 19 14 41.81 -26 59.6 0.965 1.937 159.4 10.5 19.8
2010 04 24 14 36.48 -27 09.2 0.975 1.961 163.8 8.2 19.9
2010 04 29 14 31.07 -27 12.5 0.991 1.985 167.0 6.5 20.0


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Orbital elements:
P/2010 B2 (WISE)
Epoch 2010 Jan. 4.0 TT = JDT 2455200.5
T 2009 Dec. 21.91399 TT MPC
q 1.6164570 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.17963179 Peri. 156.04714 -0.91988870 -0.39217237
a 3.1108609 Node 0.87364 +0.33006870 -0.77744841
e 0.4803828 Incl. 8.93132 +0.21180044 -0.49170601
P 5.49
From 38 observations 2010 Jan. 22-Mar. 17

MPEC 2010 - F28


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Orbital elements:
P/2010 B2 (WISE)
Epoch 2010 Jan. 4.0 TT = JDT 2455200.5
T 2009 Dec. 21.77505 TT MPC
q 1.6151395 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.18107461 Peri. 155.95901 -0.91908626 -0.39404977
a 3.0943137 Node 0.84443 +0.33171707 -0.77680677
e 0.4780298 Incl. 8.92532 +0.21270692 -0.49121891
P 5.44
From 32 observations 2010 Jan. 22-Feb. 20

MPEC 2010 - D68


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Orbital elements:
P/2010 B2 (WISE)
Epoch 2010 Jan. 4.0 TT = JDT 2455200.5
T 2009 Dec. 21.79368 TT MPC
q 1.6152970 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.18098458 Peri. 155.97178 -0.91919447 -0.39379722
a 3.0953399 Node 0.84744 +0.33149588 -0.77689130
e 0.4781520 Incl. 8.92630 +0.21258410 -0.49128775
P 5.45
From 28 observations 2010 Jan. 22-Feb. 12

MPEC 2010 - D14


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NASA's WISE satellite spots a new, big comet

A NASA satellite launched in December to scan the universe for objects near and far is proving its worth, turning up objects in the inner solar system. Over the course of its 10-month mission, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft will survey the skies in the infrared, a wavelength band optimal for spying on distant, dust-shrouded galaxies and for spotting nearby objects that are cool and dim, such as comets and failed stars known as brown dwarfs. (Even cool objects give off heat, which is visible in the infrared.)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has discovered its first comet, one of many the mission is expected to find among millions of other objects during its ongoing survey of the whole sky in infrared light.
Officially named "P/2010 B2 (WISE)," but known simply as WISE, the comet is a dusty mass of ice more than 2 kilometres in diameter. It probably formed around the same time as our solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago. Comet WISE started out in the cold, dark reaches of our solar system, but after a long history of getting knocked around by the gravitational forces of Jupiter, it settled into an orbit much closer to the sun. Right now, the comet is heading away from the sun and is about 175 million kilometres from Earth.

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The WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) satellite discovered comet P/2010 B2 (WISE) on the 22nd January, 2010.   

The preliminary orbital elements of the comet indicate a perihelion passage on the 20th December, 2009, at a distance of approximately 1.6 AU from the Sun and an orbital  period of 5.18 years.

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Orbital elements:
P/2010 B2 (WISE)
Epoch 2010 Jan. 4.0 TT = JDT 2455200.5
T 2009 Dec. 20.89103 TT MPC
q 1.6069719 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.19032027 Peri. 155.40070 -0.91393035 -0.40586714
a 2.9932709 Node 0.66173 +0.34208460 -0.77265656
e 0.4631385 Incl. 8.88973 +0.21842492 -0.48813287
P 5.18

MPEC 2010 - C23


Ed ~ This is the first comet that has been discovered by the WISE satellite.

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