116P/Wild


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Paul Wild of Switzerland found this comet on January,21 1990.

The latest IAU telegrams or the latest CBET's. IAUC Astronomical Headlines.

Minor planet center's orbital elements and Ephemeristhe comet on Seiichi Yoshida's Homepage, Gary W. Kronk's Cometography
Light curves on Cometas ObsJPL Small body database


Meanwhile from our Earth perspective, the direction of the main tail changed to the "other" side of the comet.
Compare this image with the images below.

116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

© 2009-04-12 by Bernhard Haeusler, Maidbronn, Germany

24 x 5 min. exposure, 2009-05-12, UT 20:44, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.90 mag, coma: 0'24", tail: 1'59" in PA 114°


The tail in PA 288° has a lenght of over 14'!

116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

© 2009-03-20 by Bernhard Haeusler, Maidbronn, Germany

23 x 10 min. exposure, 2009-03-20, UT 22:12, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.76 mag, coma: 0'45", tail:14'36" in PA 288°, anti tail: 1'46" in PA 113°


Depending on its visual orbit angle, the comet has 2 tails counterwise in these days.

116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany       116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

left image: © 2009-03-17 by Bernhard Haeusler, Maidbronn, Germany, comet movement: 0.22"/min., image  centered on the stars

3 x 5 min. exposure, 2009-03-17, UT 23:15, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.73 mag, coma: 0'45", tail:1'24" in PA 113°, anti tail: 1'17" in PA 300°

right image: © 2009-03-17 by Bernhard Haeusler, Maidbronn, Germany, image centered on the comet

22 x 5 min. exposure, 2009-03-17, UT 23:15 to UT 01:08, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.73 mag, coma: 0'45", tail:1'24" in PA 113°, anti tail: 1'17" in PA 300°


After three weeks of confusion I could identify my new object on the following two images as 2009 BK163 and 2009 BR163, detected by Spacewatch at January, 31 2009.
Finally I found two objects on two different images, not a single one. They had a similiar orbit, so I could easlily mismatch them.  March, 7 2009

On Febr.,19 I could find the new object again on this image of comet 116P/Wild. The MPC confirmed the new object at February, 23 2009 with the number K09C45D

116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

© 2009-02-19 by Bernhard Haeusler Germany

10 x 3 min. exposure, 2009-02-19, UT 02:25 to 02:56, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.51 mag, coma: 0'48", tail: 2'14" in PA 279°


Blinking a series of 60 images (total 180min.) of comet 116P/Wild at this day,
At this image I found three asteroids, two of them are already known, one of them is a new object.
The MPC confirmed the new object at February, 23 2009 with the number
K09C45D
At February, 19 I found the new object on another of my images of 116P/Wild by chance!

116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

© 2009-02-15 by Bernhard Haeusler Germany

5 x 3 min. exposure, 2009-02-15, UT 01:10 to 01:29, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.55 mag, coma: 0'48", tail: 2'35" in PA 279°


116P/Wild © by Bernhard Haeusler, Germany

© 2009-02-03 by Bernhard Haeusler Germany

40 x 3 min. exposure, 2009-02-03, UT 02:20 to 04:23, 12" SCT  f-7 + CCD ST10XME
14.9 mag, coma: 0'20", tail: 3'30" in PA 285°

Movie: high quality .avi (17,904 KB);  good quality .wmv (264 KB)


116P/Wild © by Josef Müller, Germany

© 2009-01-30 by Josef Müller, Germany

6 x 180 sec. exposure, 2009-01-30.148, 30cm Newton f-4.8+ CCD Starlight SXV-H9
14.5 mag, coma: 0,8', tail: 3.5' in PA 279°


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