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IAUC 7581: P/2001 CV_8; 2001T

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                                                  Circular No. 7581
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     An object that was reported as asteroidal by LINEAR (discovery
observation given below), and given the designation 2001 CV_8, has
been found by other CCD observers to show cometary activity.  M.
Hicks, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports that nonphotometric
images (with imperfect tracking) obtained with the 0.61-m f/16
reflector at Table Mountain Observatory by D. Esqueda, A. Esqueda,
and T. H. Ha on Feb. 4 indicate this object to be diffuse without
condensation but with a faint, 5" fan-shaped tail toward the west.
Images taken by D. T. Durig (Sewanee, TN; 0.3-m f/5.8 Schmidt-
Cassegrain telescope; moonlight and tracking problems) on Feb. 6
show the object to be more diffuse than nearby stars.  Observations
by J. Ticha and M. Tichy at Klet (0.57-m f/5.2 reflector) on Feb.
10 show the object to be diffuse with a 9" coma and a faint 15"
tail in p.a. 270 deg.

     2001 UT             R.A. (2000) Decl.         m2
     Feb.  1.34987   10 58 18.71   +15 47 43.3    19.0

     Additional astrometry and the following orbital elements (and
an ephemeris) by B. G. Marsden appear on MPEC 2001-C24.  The
elements indicate that the comet passed about 0.14 AU from Jupiter
in Nov. 1998.

     T = 2001 Jan. 23.3533 TT         Peri. = 142.8087
     e = 0.459019                     Node  =   0.8554  2000.0
     q = 2.122429 AU                  Incl. =   8.6908
       a =  3.923299 AU    n = 0.1268315    P =   7.771 years

SUPERNOVA 2001T IN MCG -02-37-6
     X. J. Jiang, Y. L. Qiu, and J. Y. Hu, on behalf of Beijing
Astronomical Observatory (BAO) Supernova Survey, report the
discovery of an apparent supernova found on unfiltered images taken
with the BAO 0.6-m telescope on Feb. 6.9 (mag about 17.0) and 8.9
UT (mag about 16.8).  SN 2001T is located at R.A. = 14h32m53s.17,
Decl. = -12o58'43".6 (equinox 2000.0), which is 3".1 east and 12".6
south of the nucleus of MCG -02-37-6.  An unfiltered image of the
same field taken on 2000 June 4.7 showed nothing at this position
(limiting mag about 18.5).

                      (C) Copyright 2001 CBAT
2001 February 10               (7581)            Daniel W. E. Green

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