P/2004 CB (LINEAR)
During routine astrometry with the 1.0-m to improve the orbit of the Apollo asteroid 2004 CB, the 'asteroid' was found on March 30 to
have a short tail! On IAUC
8314 . it was renamed periodic comet P/2004 CB (LINEAR). The animation below is from three consecutive 10 second exposure taken
in morning twilight on March 30. The comet head is almost asteroidal (FWHM ~2".2 in 1".8 seeing) but a narrow tail extends over
60" in PA ~280.
2004 CB on 2004 Mar 30, imaged with the 1.0-m at SSO
North is to the left and west is up
(c) ANU/RSAA 2004
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