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IAUC 8003: C/2002 T7; V4744 Sgr = Poss. N IN Sgr; 2002hc, 2002hd

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                                                  Circular No. 8003
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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COMET C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
     Another object reported as asteroidal by the LINEAR survey has
been found to be cometary in appearance.  P. Birtwhistle, Great
Shefford, U.K., writes that CCD images taken on Oct. 28.0 UT show
the object to be slightly 'softer' than stars of similar brightness.
T. B. Spahr reports that Mt. Hopkins images taken on Oct. 29.4 show
the object to be very slightly diffuse, again with it being
slightly larger than the FWHM of nearby stars.

     2002 UT             R.A. (2000) Decl.        m2
     Oct. 14.41856    6 03 49.91   +27 50 02.7   17.5

     The available astrometry (some giving the comet's magnitude as
bright as 16.5), including an Oct. 12 prediscovery observation, is
given on MPEC 2002-U43, together with the preliminary parabolic
orbital elements below.  It is possible that this comet could reach
naked-eye brightness around April--June 2004.

     T = 2004 Apr. 23.685 TT          Peri. = 157.770
                                      Node  =  94.865   2000.0
     q = 0.61523 AU                   Incl. = 160.594

2002 TT     R. A. (2000) Decl.   Delta     r    Elong. Phase    m1
Oct. 23     6 00.74   +28 00.3   6.273   6.813  119.1    7.3   16.3
Nov.  2     5 55.83   +28 12.1   6.041   6.724  130.1    6.5   16.2
     12     5 49.50   +28 22.9   5.831   6.634  141.4    5.3   16.0
     22     5 41.86   +28 31.5   5.648   6.544  153.0    3.9   15.9
Dec.  2     5 33.10   +28 37.0   5.497   6.453  164.6    2.3   15.8
     12     5 23.53   +28 38.5   5.381   6.361  174.1    0.9   15.7
     22     5 13.57   +28 35.4   5.303   6.269  168.4    1.8   15.6


V4744 SAGITTARII = POSSIBLE NOVA IN SAGITTARIUS
     N. N. Samus, Institute of Astronomy, Moscow, informs us that
the designation V4744 Sgr has been given to this object (cf. IAUC
8001).


SUPERNOVAE 2002hc AND 2002hd
     W. Li provides revised positions (equinox 2000.0) for the new
LOTOSS supernovae reported on IAUC 7999:  SN 2002hc, R.A. =
8h17m06s.15, Decl. = -27o27'27".8.  SN 2002hd, R.A. = 8h54m03s.39,
Decl. =  -7o11'21".5.

                      (C) Copyright 2002 CBAT
2002 October 29                (8003)            Daniel W. E. Green

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