209/P (LINEAR)

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Christopher K.
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209/P (LINEAR)

Post by Christopher K. » May 20th, 2014, 10:19 am

At the end of this month Comet LINEAR will make one of the closest approaches to the Earth we've even seen from a comet. However, the main interest in this object springs from the fact that several previously-laid dust trails are now in Earth's way, and there may be nice activity the morning of 24 May! For more information, read "2014 Camelopardalids (?)" in the Meteors and Meteorites section.

Comet LINEAR was discovered in February 2004. The discoverers originally thought it to be an asteroid, but in March of that year R.H. McNaught in Australia found a tail.

More information:
http://www.cometography.com/pcomets/209p.html

Christopher K.
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Re: 209/P (LINEAR)

Post by Christopher K. » May 23rd, 2014, 8:56 pm

According to the Near Earth Object Office, 209/P LINEAR will swing its closest to Earth on Thursday, 29 May at 2:51am CDT at a distance of ~0.06 AU. Its relative velocity is ~17 km/sec.

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