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A comet indeed!

July 7, 2011 – Leonid Elenin detected an object that received 100% NEO rating and was waiting for official NEO acknowledgement http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/NEO/ToConfirm.html). The discovery was made at the ISON-NM observatory.
At first NEA confirmed its existence by a circular (http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/mpec/K11/K11O09.html) with provisional marking – 2011 NO1. But it was thought to be a comet. And a new circular MPC MPEC 2011-010: COMET P/2011 NO1 (http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/mpec/K11/K11O10.html) confirmed it to be a comet! Another acknowledgement of this discovery was a telegram № 2768 received from The Central Bureau for Astronomic Telegrams (http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/iau/cbet/002700/CBET002768.txt).
The present comet is the second discovery done with CoLiTec software. We are glad that our software helps astronomers to make such significant discoveries.
The deepest congratulation from all CoLiTec team on the second comet discovery (this time it’s a short-periodic one) made by Leonid Elenin! Well done!

CoLiTec software. Updated results.

MPC monthly circular МРС 75107–75354

Observation results of observatories using CoLiTec software (May 18, 2011 – June 15, 2011):

Observatory (MPC-code)

Number of measurements

Number of objects

Number of asteroids discoveries

AAO (А50)

686

137

4

ISON-NM (Н15)

4366

1076

25

 

Discovery of 29 new asteroids, that makes 471 asteroids’ discoveries and one comet discovery with CoLiTec software application.

 

May 1-version of CoLiTec (CLT) software

The project’s updating:

1. Optimization of interactions between independent blocks of CoLiTec software and supervisor program.

2. Thresholds’ coordinates for different stages of CoLiTec processing can be saved in a separate file.

3. CoLiTec software is upgraded with matching algorithm, invariant with respect to axes orientation of frame’s coordinates system and camera’s rotation angle. That permits wide fields’ matching (for example 8х8 degrees).

4. Results’ viewer is upgraded with a possibility to form tracks by an operator.

5. Updated algorithm of image correction by a high-pass filter for big size frames’ processing (7000х7000 pixels).

6. Introduction of new selective indications for observation’s scripts with frames’ addition 3+3+3 and 6+3.

7. Elaboration of results’ viewer (based on ViewCLT results’ viewer) for frames obtained by a fixed telescope and processed by APEXII software suite. The present software has not only tracks’ view function but stars’ centering of frames obtained by a fixed telescope.

8. Elaboration of a pilot version of software protection through hardware (electronic switch).

9. Fixed different bags.

 

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CoLiTec software. Updated results.

MPC monthly circular МРС 74325–74767 – Observation results of observatories using CoLiTec software (March 20, 2011 – April 18, 2011):

Observatory (MPC-code)

Number of measurements

Number of objects

Number of asteroids discoveries

ААО (А50)

3679

1143

8

ISON-NM (Н15)

14438

3514

30

Discovery of 38 new asteroids, that makes 406 asteroids’ discoveries and one comet discovery with CoLiTec software application.


Significant dates for comet Elenin

4 March 2011 Comet Elenin crossed the ecliptic plane.
15 March 2011 Saturn, Comet Elenin, The Earth and the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus stood in line.
30 June 2011 года Comet Elenin will cross the Mars orbit.
3 August 2011 Comet Elenin will cross the Earth orbit, and the Earth will pass through comet Elenin’s perihelion.
18 August Comet Elenin will cross Venus orbit.
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Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) – the first comet discovered with CoLiTec (CLT) software

Discovery of the Comet Elenin C/2010 X1 (Elenin) with CoLiTec (CLT) application, attracted vivid interest of mass media.

The comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) was discovered December 10, 2010 within the scope of asteroids’ program of Russian project ISON. The discovery was made by Leonid Elenin – scientific associate of Keldysh Institute of applied mathematics (RAS). More information on discovery, plus interview with discoverer («Газета.Ru») can be found through on-line media sources.

Leonid Elenin supports a news blog on SpaceObs.org (this blog has recently entered 20 best scientific blogs in Russia), where he shares new observations of the comet and other interesting facts about it.

In addition, there is a very interesting section dedicated to the comet C/2010 X1 on astro-forum.

You can find information about the Comet Elenin all through the Internet (for example: site JPL Solar System Dynamics (NASA), in database of Solar System minor planets’ section). Plus, there is an applet for visualization of comet’s diagrammatic movement (setting [show orbit diagram]).

According to MPC data, the Comet has 1.8396 degrees inclination (dihedral angle between plane of comet’s motion and ecliptic), 0.48244 AU perihelion, that matches Mercury orbit and 1.00003559 eccentricity, that ranges the Comet in hyperbolic class. September 10, 2011 the Comet Elenin will pass the perihelion.

The comet’s motion parameters are unique.

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