DISCOVERY OF MAIN-BELT COMET P/2006 VW139 BY Pan-STARRS1

@article{Hsieh2012DISCOVERYOM,
  title={DISCOVERY OF MAIN-BELT COMET P/2006 VW139 BY Pan-STARRS1},
  author={H. Hsieh and Bin Yang and N. Haghighipour and H. Kaluna and A. Fitzsimmons and L. Denneau and B. Novakovi{\'c} and R. Jedicke and R. Wainscoat and J. Armstrong and S. Duddy and S. Lowry and C. Trujillo and M. Micheli and J. Keane and L. Urban and T. Riesen and K. Meech and S. Abe and Yu-Chi Cheng and Wen-Ping Chen and M. Granvik and T. Grav and W. Ip and D. Kinoshita and J. Kleyna and P. Lacerda and T. Lister and A. Milani and D. Tholen and P. Veres and C. Lisse and M. Kelley and Y. Fern{\'a}ndez and B. Bhatt and D. Sahu and N. Kaiser and K. Chambers and K. Hodapp and E. Magnier and P. Price and J. Tonry},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={748},
  pages={6313}
}
The main-belt asteroid (300163) 2006 VW139 (later designated P/2006 VW139) was discovered to exhibit comet-like activity by the Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) survey telescope using automated point-spread-function analyses performed by PS1’s Moving Object Processing System. Deep follow-up observations show both a short (∼10 �� ) antisolar dust tail and a longer (∼60 �� ) dust trail aligned with the object’s orbit plane, similar to the morphology observed for another main-belt comet (MBC), P/2010 R2 (La… Expand

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