DPS 35th Meeting, 1-6 September 2003
Session 38. Comets V
Poster, Highlighted on, Friday, September 5, 2003, 3:30-6:00pm, Sierra Ballroom I-II

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[38.25] Visible Photometry of C/NEAT (2001 T4)

J. M. Bauer (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Y.R. Fernandez, K. J. Meech (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii)

We present the results of optical observations of C/NEAT (2001 T4), taken on 3 dates between October 2001 and September 2002, at the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope. Coma was present for each observation, but the activity level was variable. We present surface brightness profiles, dust production rates and evidence for structure in the coma. There is a radial gradient in coma color, with the outer coma exhibiting the least red colors. The object's V-R and R-I colors indicate that this is one of the reddest objects with a Centaur-type orbit.

(We acknowledge the support in part by the NASA planetary astronomy program, NAG5-4495. This research was also performed in part while the 1st author held an NRC Research Associateship Award at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.)

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: bauer@scn.jpl.nasa.gov

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