Thanks Maik. This is interesting and something I had not seen. I
try to make sure when imaging that some short exposures are taken
which might help detect any new fragments of any comet being imaged.
It is a bit surprising to me how often these come apart such as
C/2005 K2 not that long ago.
Thanks, Mike H.
--- In email@example.com, "Maik Meyer" <maik@...> wrote:
> > After recovery of the 13? fragments known, have there been any
> > occurences of any of these fragments breakinging up? Could
> > fragments have been lost in the original break and now with time
> > space between recovered? The advances in ccd and scope quality
> > more to credit than further breakup or am I missing something?
> from CBET 453:
> "Z. Sekanina, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports that
> fragmentation of this comet is apparently continuing. His modeling
> of the motions of nuclei 'K' and 'S' based on their astrometry from
> Mar. 24-25 (MPEC 2006-F33) suggests that they separated from their
> common parent fragment only about a month earlier and that both
> (but especially 'K') must be very small, boulder-sized objects with
> irregular and short-lived activity. ..."
> The question is, how short-lived the activity will really be.
> Cheers, Maik
> If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. * Juan Ramon
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