C/2015 G2 (MASTER)

C/2015 G2 (MASTER) is a comet discovered April 7, 2015 by MASTER, the Mobile Astronomical System of the Telescope-Robots at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).[1] It was the first comet discovered from South Africa in 35 years.[2]

C/2015 G2
Discovery
Discovery date2015/04/07
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch2015-Apr-21
(JD 2457133.5)
Observation arc54 days
Number of
observations
230
Perihelion0.779879 AU
Eccentricity1.00045 (1950)
1.00085 (2015)
1.00078 (2050)
Inclination147.5613°
Comet total
magnitude
(M1)
11.6 ± 1
Comet nuclear
magnitude (M2)
14.5 ± 0.9
Last perihelionMay 23, 2015
Next perihelionEjection

Discovery was confirmed April 10, 2015 by the Minor Planet Center.[2] It was at magnitude 10.7 at discovery and by mid-May it had reached magnitude 6.0.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yoshida, Seiichi. "C/2015 G2 (MASTER)". Weekly Information about Bright Comets. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "C/2015 G2 (MASTER) is first South African Comet discovery in 35 years". Africa2Moon. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Yoshida, Seiichi. "Weekly Information about Bright Comets (2015 May 16: North)". Weekly Information About Bright Comets. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.