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IAUC 8223: 2003 T3; 1937 UB (HERMES)

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                                                  Circular No. 8223
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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COMET 2003 T3
     Vello Tabur, Australian Capital Territory, reports his
discovery of a somewhat-condensed comet with a 30" coma on
unfiltered CCD images taken with a 140-mm f/2.8 camera lens on Oct.
14.481 UT.  T. Lovejoy (Thornlands, Queensland, 0.16-m reflector)
reports that a CCD exposure taken on Oct. 15.5 shows a 0'.7 coma of
total mag 11.6 and a fan-shaped tail about 1' long in p.a. 90 deg.
Available astrometry:

     2003 UT             R.A. (2000) Decl.       Mag.   Observer
     Oct. 14.5750    20 00 40.09   -57 23 07.4   11.7   Tabur
          14.5888    20 00 40.18   -57 22 51.1            "
          14.5975    20 00 40.35   -57 22 42.0            "
          14.6046    20 00 40.59   -57 22 33.7            "
          14.6123    20 00 40.78   -57 22 23.5            "
          14.6235    20 00 40.96   -57 22 12.1            "
          15.37314   20 00 55.12   -57 07 56.4   14.1   Broughton
          15.37791   20 00 55.22   -57 07 50.9   14.2     "
          15.39804   20 00 55.57   -57 07 27.5   12.0     "
          15.46418   20 00 56.73   -57 06 11.7   14.1   Higgins
          15.47361   20 00 56.92   -57 06 00.6   14.3     "
          15.48303   20 00 57.10   -57 05 49.7   14.2     "

V. Tabur (Wanniassa, A.C.T.).  0.28-m reflector + CCD.
J. Broughton (Reedy Creek, Qld.).  0.25-m reflector + CCD.  1' coma
  with a 3' dust tail in p.a. 200 deg.
D. Higgins (Ngunnawal, A.C.T.).  0.25-m reflector + CCD.


1937 UB (HERMES)
     B. A. Skiff, Lowell Observatory, reported a bright (R = 14.4)
near-earth-object candidate from LONEOS images taken on Oct. 15.3
UT.  After posting on the NEO Confirmation Page, follow-up
observations were made by J. Young at Table Mountain.  T. Spahr,
Minor Planet Center, then recognized NEAT observations from Oct. 5
and identified the object as the long-lost 1937 UB (Hermes).  The
available astrometry (including pre-rediscovery images back to
Aug. 26), orbital elements, and an ephemeris appear on MPEC
2003-T74.  The object has made 31 revolutions about the sun since
its discovery.

                      (C) Copyright 2003 CBAT
2003 October 15                (8223)            Daniel W. E. Green

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