CARA: Cometary ARchive for Afrho


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103P/Hartley early results

The preliminary results from the 103P/Hartley campaign shows that this year the comet is displaying a different behavior than in 2010/11, with a much lower general dust production at perihelion.

Afrho refers to a 5000 km window at the comet and it is corrected to a zero phase angle.

Comet 103P/Hartley 2023 observing campaign

Comet 103P/Hartlety was intensively observed in 2010/2011 to support the direct exploration of its nucleu by the EPOXI NASA spacecraft. The comet is returning this year with favourable observing conditions and it is an unique opportunity to improve our knowledge on this peculiar object.

A special observing CARA campaign is being launched to follow 103P in the coming months.  According to our protocols R band images are mandatory for photometry, as well as for image processing and analysis.

Further details on the CARA campaign will be communicated soon as things go on.

Latest Winafrho User Manual - v08 202131514937

The latest release of Winafrho User's Manual has been published
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Latest Winafrho User Manual - v06 2020729154024

The latest WinAfrho User Manual release has been published
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C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS: a double comet with fragments

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS): a split comet


Evolution of C/2019 Y4 fragmentation

Images taken with the 80 cm f/4 telescope of the Celado Observatory (Italy) -  Giancarlo Favero and Mauro Facchini

C/2019 Y4 ATLAS

Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS, 2020/04/07 UT21:30


The rising and fading of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)



38P Af[rho] plot

A preliminary analysis of the last year apparition of comet 38P/Stephan - Oterma shows that the peak of activity was about 25 days before perihelion

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