The record holder among Russian astronomers in the number of open comets Leonid Elenin chalked up another celestial body. The comet, named C / 2017 A3 (Elenin), was discovered in the southern sky on the border of the constellations Carina and Puppis.
The new comet was discovered by astronomer using aт Australian telescope and software and automated remote control set (controlled via the internet) observatories.
“Comet C / 2017 A3 (Elenin) discovered in the southern sky on the border of the constellations Carina and Puppis during a routine review of the Australian network ISON telescope. It has a 18 magnitude and is available for amateur telescope», said to TASS the Russian astronomer, researcher at the Institute of Applied Mathematics. Keldysh, Leonid Elenin.
According to the scientist, the telescope recorded the comet on 5 January. “The same day I saw the picture and gave information to the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, and the Minor Planet Center at Harvard” – Elenin told.
Later celestial body was given the designation C / 2017 A3 (Elenin). The fact of the existence of the comet was confirmed by observatories, located in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Australia. At the moment the comet is at maximum brightness, its size is still unclear, and it is available for observation by telescopes established in the Southern Hemisphere.
Recall that Elenin, who a record-holder among Russian astronomers in the number of open comets- C / 2017 A3 (Elenin) – the sixth and the first comet discovered with the help of the remote control software observatories complex developed by him.