|344P/Read||2017-01-21 17:52||Shurpakov S||18.0||CCD|
|C/2015 V2 (Johnson)||2017-01-19 00:24||Shurpakov S||12.4||CCD|
|C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)||2017-01-18 22:37||Shurpakov S||17.7||CCD|
|C/2015 XY1 (Lemmon)||2017-01-18 21:22||Shurpakov S||17.9||CCD|
|143P/Kowal-Mrkos||2017-01-18 20:14||Shurpakov S||18.8||CCD|
|P/2015 TP200 (LINEAR)||2017-01-18 18:02||Shurpakov S||16.7||CCD|
|74P/Smirnova-Chernykh||2017-01-18 17:29||Shurpakov S||16.1||CCD|
Bright comets now
|C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)||7.6||↓||15.1||-28°52'||19h41m|
|C/2015 V2 (Johnson)||10.4||↑||93.1||+43°58'||15h15m|
|C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)||13.4||↓||69||-33°42'||15h04m|
Bright comets in the sky
|Comets discovered in October 2016||Comet discovered in 2016||Comets Discoverers by Country|
In this month I congratulate with Rose Matheny for her first two comets discovered in a couple of days. She is a research astronomer for the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) and after discoverer and confirming asteroids finally arrive the honor to give a name to a solar object…exactly two!
With the last two comets discovered in the last two months of 2016, C/2016U1 (NEOWISE) and C72016X1 (Lemmon), the total number of comet discovered in 2016 is 36 plus 1 comet discovered on STEREO images(I didn’t count the SOHO comet because they are not officially numbered at the moment). The C/2016 U1 became in the last days of the year a binocular object in the morning sky.
About the statistical analysis, the PanSTARRRS survey was the most prolific comet survey with 20 comet discoveries, while only one comet was discovered by an amateur astronomer, C/2016R3 by G.Borisov from Russia.
I create a little infographics about comets discoverers by Country. I considered both professionist and amateur astronomer and SOHO comet discoverer.