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June 7, 2022 – ALPO Comet News for June 2022


To borrow from Mark Twain, the reports of C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS)’s demise was an exaggeration. The comet is much fainter than hoped for at 12th magnitude but well placed for northern observers. While C/2021 O3 did not become the bright object we expected, another comet, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, is running about 3 magnitudes brighter than expected (starting around 8th magnitude and fading to 10th this month) low in the evening sky. Two other comets will be brighter than 10th magnitude in June, C/2021 E3 (ZTF0 but only observable from the southern hemisphere, and C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) which is visible to all. In the magnitude 10 to 13 range are no less than 9 comets, 19P/Borrelly, 22P/Kopff, 169P/NEAT, C/2019 L3 (ATLAS), C/2019 T4 (ATLAS), C/2020 V2 (ZTF), C/2021 E3 (ZTF). C/2021 F1 (Lemmon-PANSTARRS), and C/2021 P4 (PANSTARRS).

In May the ALPO Comets Section received 76 magnitude estimates and 69 images/sketches of comets C/2021 P4 (ATLAS), C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS), C/2021 E3 (ZTF), C/2021 A1 (Leonard), C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS), C/2020 V2 (ZTF), C/2020 R7 (ATLAS), C/2020 M5 (ATLAS), C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS), C/2019 U5 (PANSTARRS), C/2019 T4 (ATLAS), C/2019 L3 (ATLAS), C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra, 272P/NEAT, 254P/McNaught, 244P/Scotti, 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu, 116P/Wild, 104P/Kowal, 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, 22P/Kopff, 19P/Borrelly, and 9P/Tempel. A hearty thanks to our April contributors: Dan Bartlett, Michel Deconinck, J. J. Gonzalez, Christian Harder, Michael Jager, Martin Mobberley, Mike Olason, Uwe Pilz, Raymond Ramlow, Tenho Tuomi, and Chris Wyatt.

In addition to observations submitted directly to the ALPO, we occasionally use data from other sources to augment our analysis. We would like to acknowledge with thanks observations submitted directly to the ALPO as well as those originally submitted to the International Comet Quarterly, Minor Planet Center, and COBS Comet Observation Database. We would also like to thank the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for making available their Small-Body Browser and Orbit Visualizer and Seiichi Yoshida for his Comets for Windows programs that are used to produce the lightcurves and orbit diagrams in these pages. And last but not least, we’d like to thank Syuichi Nakano and the Minor Planet Center for their comet orbit elements, the asteroid surveys and dedicated comet hunters for their discoveries, and all of the observers who volunteer their time to adding to our knowledge of these amazing objects.

The monthly ALPO Comet News PDF can be found here. A shorter version of this report is posted on a dedicated Cloudy Nights forum. All are encouraged to join the discussion over at Cloudy Nights.

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