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6478 Gault with debris tail


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About this observation
Terry Evans
Time of observation
16/01/2019 - 15:30
6478 Gault
Observing location
Warrumbungle Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW
Moravian G4-16000
Orion Optics AG12
Paramount ME
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Main belt asteroid 6478 Gault has developed a tail making it look like a comet.  It's likely that it was hit by another smaller asteroid in November 2018 and the tails is the debris left behind by the collision. The asteroid is still very faint - around magnitude 18.

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