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Comets in 2002

7P/Pons-Winnecke

Images: 2002 May 14 (Jäger).

19P/Borrelly

Images: 2002 January 11 (Sostero), 2002 February 17 (Sostero), 2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 March 9 (James), 2002 March 24 (Sostero et. al.).

22P/Kopff

Images: 2002 April 5 (Gonano et. al.).

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Images: 2002 August 5 (Jäger), 2002 September 29 (Sostero),

30P/Reinmuth

Images: 2002 December 11 (Sostero),

46P/Wirtanen

This comet was the original target for ESA's Rosetta probe.
Images: 2002 September 8 (Jäger), 2002 October 2 (Sostero), 2002 October 5 (Jäger), 2002 October 19 (Sostero).
Photometry: 2002 October 2 (Sostero).

65P/Gunn

2002 February 19 (Sostero), 2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 March 12 (Gonano), 2002 May 13 (Gonano),

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

A potential Rosetta target: 2002 September 7 (Jäger), 2002 September 8 (Jäger), 2002 October 5 (Jäger),

77P/Longmore

Images: 2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 May 13 (Gonano).

81P/Wild

Images: 2002 December 8 (Sostero),

90P/Gehrels 1

Images: 2002 October 5 (Jäger).

92P/Sanguin

Images: 2002 August 17 (Jäger), 2002 August 23 (Gonano/Monzo), 2002 September 3 (Mobberley), 2002 September 14 (Gonano et al.), 2002 September 29 (Sostero), 2002 October 1 (Gonano), 2002 October 9 (Gonano/Monzo).

153P/Ikeya-Zhang = (C/2002 C1)

It's been a long time since we have had a comet discovered by Ikeya. This one was found visually at mag 9 in Cetus on 2002 Feb 1. It was well placed for observation as this orbit diagram shows.

February images: 2002 February 2 (Bront, Garzia and Sostero), 2002 February 2 (Steve Cox), 2002 February 3 (Sostero), 2002 February 13 (Buczynski), 2002 February 14 (Mobberley), 2002 February 16 (Mobberley), 2002 February 16 (Cox & Holloway), 2002 February 23 (Cox), 2002 February 24 (Sostero), 2002 February 26 (Mobberley), 2002 February 27 (Mobberley).

March images: 2002 March 1 (Buczynski), 2002 March 1 (Goldsmith), 2002 March 1 (Cox & Holloway), 2002 March 2 (Goldsmith), 2002 March 3 (Aletti, Simone), 2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 March 5 (Kaplonek), 2002 March 7 (Buczynski), 2002 March 7 (Strange), 2002 March 7 (Mobberley), 2002 March 7 (Lehky), 2002 March 7 (Goldsmith), 2002 March 8 (Smolic, Gosic), 2002 March 8 (Lehky), 2002 March 9 (Buczynski), 2002 March 8/9 (Sostero), 2002 March 9 (Oksa), 2002 March 10 (Donato), 2002 March 10 (Lehky), 2002 March 11 (Buczynski). 2002 March 11 (Lehky), 2002 March 11 (Aletti), 2002 March 11 (Sostero), 2002 March 11 (Jones), 2002 March 12 (Jones), 2002 March 12 (Lehky). 2002 March 13 (Lehky), 2002 March 13 (Smolic), 2002 March 15 (Lehky), 2002 March 18 (Smolic), 2002 March 20 (Montanucci), 2002 March 21 (Montanucci), 2002 March 21 (Mobberley), 2002 March 21 (Mobberley), 2002 March 23 (Candy), 2002 March 25 (Gonano), 2002 March 26 (Gavin), 2002 March 26 (Mobberley), 2002 March 27 (Mobberley), 2002 March 27 (Lehky), 2002 March 27 (Gavin), 2002 March 28 (Lehky), 2002 March 28 (Mobberley), 2002 March 28 (Aletti), 2002 March 29 (Strange), 2002 March 29 (Hurst), 2002 March 29 (Mobberley), 2002 March 29 (Lehky), 2002 March 30 (Lehky), 2002 March 30 (Lehky), 2002 March 30 (Clarke), 2002 March 30 (Hurst), 2002 March 31 (Jäger).

April images: 2002 April 1 (Bryant), 2002 April 3 (Mobberley), 2002 April 3 (Lehky), 2002 April 3 (Lehky), 2002 April 3 (Clarke), 2002 April 4 (Mobberley), 2002 April 6 (Mobberley), 2002 April 7 (James), 2002 April 8 (Clarke), 2002 April 8 (Mobberley), 2002 April 12 (Buczynski), 2002 April 12 (Buczynski), 2002 April 13 (North et. al.), 2002 April 13 (James), 2002 April 13 (Jäger), 2002 April 14 (Mobberley), 2002 April 14 (Buczynski), 2002 April 14 (Galvan), 2002 April 14 (Galvan), 2002 April 15 (Buczynski), 2002 April 15 (Sostero), 2002 April 15 (Buczynski), 2002 April 15 (Buczynski), 2002 April 18 (Gavin), 2002 April 21 (Aletti et al), 2002 April 27 (Gonano), 2002 April 27 (Sostero, Garzia, Facchini), 2002 April 29 (Montanucci).

May images: 2002 May 1 (Strange), 2002 May 1 (Sostero/Gonano), 2002 May 1 (Montanucci), 2002 May 1 (Clarke), 2002 May 1 (Lehky), 2002 May 4 (Gonano), 2002 May 4 (Mobberley), 2002 May 4 (James), 2002 May 5 (Holloway), 2002 May 5 (Gavin), 2002 May 6 (Gonano), 2002 May 14 (Holloway), 2002 May 8 (Lehky), 2002 May 9 (Lehky), 2002 May 11 (Lehky), 2002 May 14 (Montanucci), 2002 May 15 (Gonano et. al.), 2002 May 16 (Strange), 2002 May 16 (Jäger), 2002 May 17 (Lehky), 2002 May 17 (Montanucci), 2002 May 21 (Montanucci). 2002 May 26 (Montanucci), 2002 May 29 (Montanucci), 2002 May 30 (Gavin), 2002 May 31 (Gonano).

June/July images : 2002 June 1 (Montanucci), 2002 June 9 (Gavin), 2002 June 11 (Aletti), 2002 June 14 (Montanucci), 2002 June 15 (Holloway), 2002 June 17 (Lehky), 2002 June 18 (Lehky), 2002 June 26 (Montanucci), 2002 June 28 (Lehky), 2002 June 29 (Lehky), 2002 July 11 (Lehky).

Spectra: 2002 March 9 (Oksa), 2002 March 15 (Gavin), 2002 March 28 (Gavin).

154P/Brewington

Images: 2002 November 26 (Mobberley), 2002 December 1 (Jäger),

C/1999 U4 (Catalina-Skiff)

2002 February 5 (James), 2002 March 5 (Sostero), 2002 March 24 (Sostero et. al.).

C/2000 SV74 (LINEAR)

Images: 2002 February 10 (Sostero), 2002 March 11 (Sostero/Dembitzer), 2002 August 14 (James), 2002 September 1 (Mobberley), 2002 September 10 (Buczynski), 2002 September 12 (Mobberley), 2002 September 30 (Sostero).

C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR)

Further images: 2002 April 7 (James), 2002 May 9 (Jäger), 2002 May 13 (Jäger), 2002 May 15 (Gonano et. al.), 2002 May 17 (Lehky), 2002 May 18 (Lehky), 2002 June 12 (Gonano), 2002 July 5 (Gonano), 2002 July 8 (Gonano).

C/2001 B2 (NEAT)

Further images: 2002 March 4 (Sostero).

C/2001 HT50 (LINEAR-NEAT)

2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 March 24 (Monzo/Santini), 2002 December 2 (Sostero),

C/2001 K5 (LINEAR)

2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 May 14 (Jäger), 2002 August 10 (James), 2002 August 30 (Mobberley),

C/2001 MD7 (LINEAR)

2002 February 16 (Mobberley), 2002 February 24 (Sostero et. al.).

C/2001 OG108 (LONEOS)

2002 March 4 (Sostero), 2002 March 23 (Sostero), 2002 April 4 (Jäger), 2002 April 6 (James), 2002 April 6 (Montanucci), 2002 April 11 (Sostero), 2002 April 27 (Sostero, Garzia), 2002 May 6 (Gonano et. al.).

C/2001 RX14 (LINEAR)

2002 September 7 (Jäger), 2002 October 5 (Jäger), 2002 October 19 (Sostero), 2002 November 6 (Sostero), 2002 November 10 (Sostero), 2002 December 2 (Sostero), 2002 December 8 (Sostero), 2002 December 14 (Aletti/Luca) Comet near to NGC 3726, 2002 December 21 (Holloway),

P/2001 TU80 (LINEAR-NEAT)

Giovanni Sostero et. al. (Remanzacco Observatory) took this image on 2002 January 11 using an SBIG ST6V and a 0.3m f/2.8 Baker-Schmidt camera, 2002 March 4 (Sostero).

C/2002 E2 (Snyder-Murakami)

Another visual discovery! Images: 2002 March 23 (Sostero), 2002 April 7 (James), 2002 April 13 (Jäger), 2002 May 4 (Goldsmith), 2002 May 9 (Jäger), 2002 August 30 (Mobberley).

C/2002 F1 (Utsunomiya)

Yet another visual discovery!! Images: 2002 March 23 (Sostero), 2002 April 4 (Mobberley), 2002 April 11 (Holloway), 2002 April 11 (Sostero), 2002 April 13 (Jäger), 2002 April 14 (Sostero), 2002 April 29 (Holloway), 2002 April 29 (Montanucci), 2002 April 30 (Jäger), 2002 April 30 (Montanucci). 2002 May 1 (Strange), 2002 May 1 (Jäger), 2002 May 1 (Montanucci).

C/2002 H2 (LINEAR)

2002 May 4 (James), 2002 May 8 (Jäger), 2002 May 31 (Gonano).

C/2002 O4 (Hönig)

Another comet that LINEAR missed! Read the interesting discovery account here. Images: 2002 July 28 (James), 2002 July 28 (Jäger), 2002 July 31 (James), 2002 July 31 (Jäger), 2002 August 2 (Montanucci), 2002 August 2 (Jäger), 2002 August 3 (Buczynski), 2002 August 4 (Gavin), 2002 August 5 (Buczynski), 2002 August 5 (Montanucci), 2002 August 10 (James), 2002 August 10 (Mobberley), 2002 August 12 (Gonano), 2002 August 13 (Gonano), 2002 August 14 (James), 2002 August 15 (Buczynski), 2002 August 19 (Buczynski), 2002 August 19 (Jäger), 2002 August 20 (Buczynski), 2002 August 21 (Buczynski), 2002 August 21 (Jäger), 2002 August 23 (Gonano/Monzo), 2002 August 23 (James), 2002 August 30 (Mobberley), 2002 September 1 (Mobberley), 2002 September 3 (James), 2002 September 3 (Mobberley), 2002 September 5 (Montanucci), 2002 September 8 (James), 2002 September 10 (Buczynski), 2002 September 10 (Mobberley), 2002 September 12 (Mobberley), 2002 September 30 (Jäger).

C/2002 O6 (SWAN)

Discovered by Masayuki Suzuki of Japan on SOHO images. Images: 2002 August 8 (Montanucci), 2002 August 17 (Jäger), 2002 August 18 (Jäger), 2002 August 19 (Jäger), 2002 August 26 (Jäger), 2002 September 2 (Jäger), 2002 September 13 (Jäger).

C/2002 Q2 (LINEAR)

Images: 2002 September 2 (Jäger), 2002 September 3 (Jäger), 2002 September 12 (Jäger), 2002 October 1 (Gonano).

C/2002 Q3 (LINEAR)

Images: 2002 September 12 (Jäger), 2002 September 12 (Birtwhistle).

C/2002 Q5 (LINEAR)

Images: 2002 August 30 (Mobberley), 2002 September 12 (Mobberley), 2002 September 12 (Jäger), 2002 September 30 (Jäger), 2002 October 26 (Jäger).

P/2002 T1 (LINEAR)

2002 October 4 (Birtwhistle),

P/2002 T6 (NEAT-LINEAR)

An object reported as asteroidal independently by the NEAT and LINEAR surveys, and later placed on the NEOCP, has been found cometary in appearance. P. Birtwhistle, Great Shefford, U.K., reports that CCD images taken with a 0.3-m reflector on Oct. 27.9 UT show two faint, thin, straight tails in p.a. 107 deg (36 arcsec long) and 310 deg (39 arcsec long) and a nuclear condensation with diameter about 8 arcsec. Images: 2002 October 28 [movie] (Birtwhistle), 2002 October 28 (Birtwhistle),

C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)

Images: 2002 November 5 (Sostero),

C/2002 V1 (NEAT)

2002 December 1 (Jäger), 2002 December 1 (Sostero), 2002 December 8 (Sostero), 2002 December 10 (Sostero), 2002 December 20 (Holloway), 2002 December 26 (Holloway), 2002 December 28 (Birtwhistle).

C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa)

Images: 2002 December 18 (Mobberley), 2002 December 19 (Birtwhistle), 2002 December 19 (Montanucci), 2002 December 25 (Mobberley), 2002 December 29 (Montanucci),
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