Query : 2007A&A...469..771L

2007A&A...469..771L - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 469, 771-776 (2007/7-2)

Photometry and imaging of comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) at Lulin and La Silla.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have investigated the development of the dust and gas coma of the comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) from December 2004 to January 2005 using observations obtained at the Lulin Observatory, Taiwan and the European Southern Observatory at La Silla, Chile. We determined the dust-activity parameter Afρ and the dust color and derived Haser production rates and scale lengths of C2 and NH2. An image enhancement technique was applied to study the morphology of the gas and dust coma. Two jets were observed in the coma distributions of C2 and CN of comet Machholz that were not formed in the dust coma. The jets showed a spiral-like structure and pointed at different position angles at different observing times. The formation of these jets can be explained by the presence of two active surface regions on a rotating cometary nucleus.

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Journal keyword(s): comets: indvidual: C/2004Q2 (Machholz)

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 GD 71 WD* 05 52 27.6198591816 +15 53 13.228887444 11.675 12.783 13.032 13.169 13.337 DA1.5 356 0
2 BD+28 4211 HS* 21 51 11.0221915656 +28 51 50.367627468 8.922 10.25 10.58 10.656 10.831 sdO2VIIIHe5 765 0

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