Thursday, February 2, 2012

P/2003 T12 = 2012 A3 (SOHO).

I wrote a little while ago of the fantastic cooperative effort from the STEREOHUNTERS that lead to the recovery of comet P/2003 T12. The Minor Planet Center has assigned the recovered comet the identifier 2012 A3 (SOHO).

It's predicted magnitude is around 12, Hidetaka Sato may have picked it up, and Comet Al, who first detected it in stereo images, has picked it up deep in the twilight with T11.

It will be a difficult object for some time as it climbs out of the twilight, but will be interesting to follow.


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