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M.P.E.C. 2002-Y38                                Issued 2002 Dec. 23, 16:52 UT

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                        COMET C/2002 X5 (KUDO-FUJIKAWA)

Observations:
    CK02X050  C2002 12 16.70127 16 08 27.63 +43 46 46.4          13.1 N      235
    CK02X050  C2002 12 16.71597 16 08 35.05 +43 46 10.2          13.1 N      235
    CK02X050  C2002 12 18.18987 16 20 55.00 +42 46 24.6          14.3 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 18.19149 16 20 55.82 +42 46 20.7          14.4 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 18.71454 16 25 16.96 +42 23 36.2          12.8 N      235
    CK02X050  C2002 12 18.72321 16 25 21.43 +42 23 11.4          12.8 N      235
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.12489 16 28 43.23 +42 05 12.5          14.2 N      204
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.13248 16 28 47.06 +42 04 52.2                      204
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.13896 16 28 50.26 +42 04 34.7                      204
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.14784 16 28 54.70 +42 04 10.6          14.1 N      204
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.15568 16 28 58.67 +42 03 49.2          14.0 N      204
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.20949 16 29 25.48 +42 01 22.5          14.3 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.21175 16 29 26.62 +42 01 16.2          14.3 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.21644 16 29 28.98 +42 01 03.1          14.3 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.22329 16 29 32.52 +42 00 48.9          11.3 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.22830 16 29 34.90 +42 00 31.0          14.2 N      J95
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.23042 16 29 35.78 +42 00 29.7          11.4 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 19.23757 16 29 39.61 +42 00 10.0          11.6 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.13536 16 37 07.35 +41 17 50.5                      945
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.13733 16 37 08.48 +41 17 42.5                      945
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.13929 16 37 09.54 +41 17 38.3                      945
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.21984 16 37 49.42 +41 13 48.9          11.9 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.22338 16 37 51.19 +41 13 37.9          11.5 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.22815 16 37 53.61 +41 13 21.7          11.7 T      201
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.76929 16 42 21.46 +40 46 33.8           7.1 T      212
    CK02X050  C2002 12 20.77519 16 42 24.37 +40 46 16.6           7.0 T      212
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.47917 16 48 13.78 +40 10 11.5          12.1 N      850
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.48360 16 48 16.01 +40 09 59.2           7.5 T      H43
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.49167 16 48 19.97 +40 09 32.4          11.8 N      850
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.49479 16 48 21.56 +40 09 23.8           7.3 T      H43
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.49854 16 48 23.42 +40 09 12.4           7.3 T      H43
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.52123 16 48 34.50 +40 08 00.2          13.4 N      734
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.52271 16 48 35.24 +40 07 55.6          13.5 N      734
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.75443 16 50 28.45 +39 55 39.1          13.4 N      213
    CK02X050  C2002 12 21.75661 16 50 29.54 +39 55 31.6          13.4 N      213
    CK02X050  C2002 12 22.17089 16 53 54.28 +39 33 16.9          13.0 T      619
    CK02X050  C2002 12 22.17177 16 53 54.68 +39 33 14.1          13.2 T      619
    CK02X050  C2002 12 22.19886 16 54 07.87 +39 31 44.9          13.3 T      619
    CK02X050  C2002 12 22.19973 16 54 08.32 +39 31 43.0          12.9 T      619
    CK02X050  C2002 12 22.51584 16 56 43.22 +39 14 23.3          13.8 N      H43
    CK02X050  C2002 12 23.42986 17 04 08.30 +38 22 33.1          12.1 N      850
    CK02X050  C2002 12 23.45903 17 04 22.44 +38 20 51.9          12.3 N      850
    CK02X050  C2002 12 23.48611 17 04 35.43 +38 19 18.0          12.2 N      850

Observer details:
201 Jonathan B. Postel Observatory.  Observer V. Pozzoli.  0.30-m f/10
    Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
204 Schiaparelli Observatory.  Observers L. Buzzi, A. Aletti.  0.60-m f/4.64
    reflector.
212 Observatorio La Dehesilla.  Observer I. Almendros.  0.26-m f/10
    Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
213 Observatorio Montcabre.  Observer R. Naves.  Measurer M. Campas.  0.30-m
    f/5.5 Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
235 CAST Observatory, Talmassons.  Observer R. Ligustri.  0.35-m f/5 reflector
    + CCD.
619 Sabadell.  Observer R. Casas.  0.5-m f/4 reflector + CCD.
734 Farpoint Observatory.  Observer G. Hug.  0.30-m Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
850 Cordell-Lorenz Observatory, Sewanee.  Observer D. T. Durig.  0.3-m f/5.86
    Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
945 Observatorio Monte Deva.  Observer J. R. Vidal.  0.36-m f/3.3
    Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
H43 Conway.  Observers P. C. Sherrod, B. M. Sherrod.  0.31-m f/3.75
    Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
J95 Great Shefford.  Observer P. Birtwhistle.  0.30-m f/6.3 Schmidt-Cassegrain
    + CCD.

Orbital elements:
    C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa)
T 2003 Jan. 29.0027 TT                                  MPC
q   0.190040             (2000.0)            P               Q
                   Peri.  187.5663      +0.4733078      -0.1267224
                   Node   119.0697      -0.7469357      +0.4668666
e   1.0            Incl.   94.1530      -0.4669762      -0.8752011
>From 83 observations 2002 Dec. 14-23.

Ephemeris:
    C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa)
Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   m1    m2
2002 12 22    16 52.49   +39 42.6    1.033    1.086    65.1    55.3   6.9
2002 12 24    17 08.71   +37 49.2    1.016    1.043    62.8    57.1   6.7
2002 12 26    17 24.56   +35 44.5    1.002    0.999    60.4    58.9   6.5
2002 12 28    17 39.93   +33 29.1    0.991    0.955    57.8    60.7   6.3
2002 12 30    17 54.78   +31 04.1    0.984    0.910    55.1    62.4   6.1
2003 01 01    18 09.05   +28 30.3    0.980    0.864    52.2    64.1   5.8
2003 01 03    18 22.70   +25 48.9    0.980    0.818    49.2    65.6   5.6
2003 01 05    18 35.74   +23 00.9    0.983    0.770    46.1    67.0   5.3
2003 01 07    18 48.15   +20 07.4    0.989    0.722    42.9    68.1   5.1
2003 01 09    18 59.96   +17 09.2    0.998    0.672    39.6    69.0   4.8
2003 01 11    19 11.19   +14 06.9    1.011    0.621    36.2    69.5   4.5
2003 01 13    19 21.87   +11 00.5    1.027    0.569    32.8    69.4   4.1
2003 01 15    19 32.05   +07 49.9    1.045    0.516    29.3    68.7   3.7
2003 01 17    19 41.78   +04 34.1    1.066    0.461    25.6    67.2   3.3
2003 01 19    19 51.15   +01 11.2    1.089    0.406    21.8    64.3   2.8
2003 01 21    20 00.24   -02 21.7    1.114    0.350    17.9    59.6   2.2

Brian G. Marsden             (C) Copyright 2002 MPC           M.P.E.C. 2002-Y38

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