Comet 12P  Observations

  Comet 12P is a periodic comet orbiting the Sun every 71 years.

Our worldwide Faulkes Telescope Comet Chasers have been making observations, and analysing them to try to understand what is happening to the comet since its first outburst in July 2023..

Our worldwide team of observers include: 

Maria Eleftheriou, Mirjana Malaric,  Marcelo Souza, Julio Vannini, Jose Manuel Perez Redondo, Valentina Matei, Gustavo Rojas, Errol Simpson, Ben Wooding, Cai Stoddard-Jones, Richard Miles, Tony Angel, Helen Usher and most importantly their students.

Richard Miles (BAA) is leading the analysis of the data.  If you are a comet observer and would like to submit your observations of 12P to be analysed alongside the Faulkes Telescope observations then please contact Richard - 

Monitoring of Comet 12P

Here's the latest plot (4/12/2023) showing multiple outbursts - this is a really interesting comet!

New large outburst on 5 October discovered by our observers

Read about it in the Astronomer's Telegram

Latest Observations

Latest data showing large outburst first discovered by our observers - details in ATel 16270

We were delighted to be the first to announce the measurement of a small outburst via the Astronomer's Telegram

October 2023 Observations

September 2023 Observations

Observations 30 July 2023

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Observations 26 July 2023

Observations 25 July 2023

Observations 21 July 2023