Checking the nature of C/1998 K5 (LINEAR)

In the course of a joint Canada/France program devoted to the recovery of Kuiper Belt Objects and the follow-up of Near-Earth Asteroids with the 3.6-m CFH Telescope, the object A65445, now C/1998 K5, has been imaged for checking its nature, on a request from B. Marsden (MPC).

A65445 is definitely a comet... The image below is a 1mn exposure with the telescope following the comet motion.
The tail is clearly seen, and extends over around 30".


Image size: ~2000"x200"
1 mn exposure / filter R / STIS2 on MOS in imaging mode
1998 05 30 - 11:07 UTC

Christian Veillet