The promising all-sky survey PanSTARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System), having finally started regular observations, discovered its first comet October 6th! The short-period comet of the Jovian family received the designation P/2010 T2 (PANSTARRS) and, in principle, nothing special stands out about this comet. The comet’s period is approximately 13.2 years; its orbital inclination is small, on the order of 8 degrees. The comet will reach perihelion at the end of July 2011, and the new comet’s minimum distance from Earth will be October 14th (4.5132 a.u.). The comet’s brightness will not exceed 20th magnitude.

After the future comet was placed on the MPC Confirmation page, observations of the new object were carried out by two large telescopes – the Kitt Peak 2.3 meter reflector, and the one-meter telescope of the Japanese observatory Bisei Spaceguard Center.

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