C/2002 X1 (LINEAR) was discovered on 2002 December 5th by the LINEAR team and reported to be cometary on December 7th by various observers.
The initial orbit based
on 27 observations made between December 5th and 7th showed that this was an
object that had reached perihelion on
The light curve
The comet should continue to brighten slowly until autumn 2003. Around perihelion the increasing geocentric distance will cause the comet to fade slightly before brightening to maximum. The observations in a 10 arcsecond aperture show a slow brightening up to the end of January 2003. In February 2003 there is evidence that the comet has suddenly faded rapidly.
CCD observations in R in a 10 arcsecond aperture by:
CCD aperture photometry in an aperture of 2'.0 by:
Profile of the coma of C/2002 X1 (LINEAR).
Obtained by CCD photometry with apertures of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 60 arcseconds.
Última actualización 04/04/2003