List of comets discovered by the LINEAR project

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The following is a list of comets discovered, co-discovered and re-discovered by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research project (LINEAR), an Earth-based automated sky survey.

In comet nomenclature, the letter before the "/" is either "C" (a non-periodic comet), "P" (a periodic comet), "D" (a comet which has been lost or has disintegrated), "X" (a comet for which no reliable orbit could be calculated — usually historical comets), or "A" for an object that was mistakenly identified as a comet, but is actually a minor planet.

Numbered periodic comets[edit]

Comet Axis (AU) Eccentricity Period (a) Discoverer(s) or Namesake
11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 3.4374 0.539 6.37 Tempel, Swift & LINEAR
146P/Shoemaker-LINEAR 4.0267 0.648 8.08 C. Shoemaker, E. Shoemaker & LINEAR
148P/Anderson-LINEAR 3.684 0.538 7.07 Anderson & LINEAR
156P/Russell-LINEAR 3.595 0.559 6.82 Russell & LINEAR
158P/Kowal-LINEAR 4.7207 0.029 10.26 Kowal & LINEAR
160P/LINEAR 3.9734 0.479 7.92 LINEAR
165P/LINEAR 18.0499 0.622 76.69 LINEAR
176P/LINEAR = minor planet 118401 LINEAR 3.1928 0.193 5.71 LINEAR
187P/LINEAR 4.5433 0.164 9.68 LINEAR
188P/LINEAR-Mueller 4.3679 0.416 9.13 LINEAR & Mueller
193P/LINEAR-NEAT 3.5051 0.417 6.56 LINEAR & NEAT
194P/LINEAR 4.0111 0.574 8.03 LINEAR
197P/LINEAR 2.8666 0.63 4.85 LINEAR
204P/LINEAR-NEAT 3.6607 0.47 7 LINEAR & NEAT
209P/LINEAR 2.9378 0.689 5.04 LINEAR
214P/LINEAR 3.6044 0.49 6.84 LINEAR
216P/LINEAR 3.8813 0.445 7.65 LINEAR
217P/LINEAR 3.9422 0.69 7.83 LINEAR
218P/LINEAR 3.304 0.49 6.11 LINEAR
219P/LINEAR 3.6509 0.353 6.98 LINEAR
221P/LINEAR 3.484 0.486 6.5 LINEAR
222P/LINEAR 2.8576 0.727 4.83 LINEAR
225P/LINEAR 3.5453 0.664 6.68 LINEAR
226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 3.6895 0.48 7.09 Pigott & LINEAR & Kowalski
227P/Catalina-LINEAR 3.5874 0.499 6.79 Catalina Sky Survey & LINEAR
228P/LINEAR 4.1618 0.176 8.49 LINEAR
230P/LINEAR 3.399 0.563 6.27 LINEAR
231P/LINEAR-NEAT 4.0255 0.247 8.08 LINEAR & NEAT
234P/LINEAR 3.8181 0.252 7.46 LINEAR
235P/LINEAR 4.0004 0.315 8 LINEAR
236P/LINEAR 3.7275 0.509 7.2 LINEAR
237P/LINEAR 3.7368 0.353 7.22 LINEAR
239P/LINEAR 4.4645 0.632 9.43 LINEAR
241P/LINEAR 4.8835 0.619 10.79 LINEAR
247P/LINEAR 3.9918 0.625 7.98 LINEAR
249P/LINEAR 2.7771 0.816 4.63 LINEAR
251P/LINEAR 3.4897 0.51 6.52 LINEAR
252P/LINEAR 3.0568 0.672 5.34 LINEAR
256P/LINEAR 4.6211 0.418 9.93 LINEAR
265P/LINEAR 4.253 0.646 8.77 LINEAR
277P/LINEAR 3.8656 0.504 7.6 LINEAR
285P/LINEAR 4.5127 0.621 9.59 LINEAR

Unnumbered periodic comets[edit]

Comet Axis (AU) Eccentricity Period (a) Discoverer(s) or Namesake
P/1998 G1 (LINEAR) 12.098 0.824 42.08 LINEAR
P/1998 VS24 (LINEAR) 4.5041 0.244 9.56 LINEAR
P/1998 Y1 (LINEAR) 22.956 0.923 109.99 LINEAR
P/1999 G1 (LINEAR) 28.139 0.856 149.27 LINEAR
P/1999 S3 (LINEAR) 18.940 0.9 82.43 LINEAR
P/1999 XS87 (LINEAR) 17.386 0.841 72.5 LINEAR
P/2000 G2 (LINEAR) 13.959 0.805 52.15 LINEAR
P/2000 D2 (LINEAR) 17.233 0.867 71.54 LINEAR
P/2000 R2 (LINEAR) 3.3385 0.584 6.1 LINEAR
P/2002 A1 (LINEAR) 16.992 0.723 70.04 LINEAR
P/2002 A2 (LINEAR) 17.103 0.725 70.74 LINEAR
P/2002 B1 (LINEAR) 9.918 0.771 31.24 LINEAR
P/2002 AR2 (LINEAR) 5.3501 0.615 12.38 LINEAR
P/2002 EJ57 (LINEAR) 6.4901 0.594 16.53 LINEAR
P/2002 T5 (LINEAR) 6.9897 0.437 18.48 LINEAR
P/2003 F1 (LINEAR) 20.664 0.806 93.93 LINEAR
P/2003 HT15 (LINEAR) 4.6211 0.418 9.93 LINEAR
P/2003 O3 (LINEAR) 3.1047 0.599 5.47 LINEAR
P/2002 CE10 (LINEAR) 9.816 0.791 30.75 LINEAR
P/2003 R1 (LINEAR) 19.7 0.893 87.44 LINEAR
P/2003 U1 (LINEAR) 22.897 0.922 109.56 LINEAR
P/2003 W1 (LINEAR) 25.148 0.934 126.12 LINEAR
P/2004 WR9 (LINEAR) 6.0617 0.684 14.92 LINEAR
P/2005 Q4 (LINEAR) 4.4594 0.607 9.42 LINEAR
P/2004 FY140 (LINEAR) 4.9523 0.171 11.02 LINEAR
P/2000 QJ46 (LINEAR) 5.9099 0.673 14.37 LINEAR
P/2008 A2 (LINEAR) 3.194 0.591 5.71 LINEAR
P/2008 R3 (LINEAR) 18.425 0.896 79.09 LINEAR
P/2008 WZ96 (LINEAR) 3.3567 0.51 6.15 LINEAR
P/2003 WC7 (LINEAR-Catalina) 5.1859 0.681 11.81 LINEAR & Catalina Sky Survey
P/2004 V5-A (LINEAR-Hill) 7.9506 0.445 22.42 LINEAR & Hill
P/2004 V5-B (LINEAR-Hill) 7.9509 0.445 22.42 LINEAR & Hill
P/2001 BB50 (LINEAR-NEAT) 5.6819 0.587 13.54 LINEAR & NEAT
P/2003 XD10 (LINEAR-NEAT) 3.3423 0.437 6.11 LINEAR & NEAT
P/2004 R3 (LINEAR-NEAT) 3.8367 0.442 7.52 LINEAR & NEAT
P/2004 T1 (LINEAR-NEAT) 3.4722 0.508 6.47 LINEAR & NEAT
P/2001 R6 (LINEAR-Skiff) 4.1146 0.486 8.35 LINEAR & Skiff
P/2000 S4 (LINEAR-Spacewatch) 7.1187 0.682 18.99 LINEAR & Spacewatch
P/2002 T6 (NEAT-LINEAR) 7.6519 0.557 21.17 NEAT & LINEAR
P/2004 DO29 (Spacewatch-LINEAR) 7.4655 0.452 20.40 Spacewatch & LINEAR
P/2010 A2 (LINEAR) 2.2904 0.125 3.47 LINEAR
P/2010 A5 (LINEAR) 5.1001 0.664 11.52 LINEAR
P/2010 WK (LINEAR) 5.7309 0.692 13.72 LINEAR
P/2011 J3 (LINEAR) 19.602 0.926 86.79 LINEAR

Non-periodic comets[edit]

Comet Axis (AU) Axis deviation Period (Years) Period deviation Discoverer(s) or Namesake
C/1998 K2 (LINEAR) 3240 52.318 184,455.18 4467 LINEAR
C/1998 K3 (LINEAR) 1758 935.89 73,714.11 5886 LINEAR
C/1998 K5 (LINEAR) 72.39 0.047674 615.98 0.6085 LINEAR
C/1998 M1 (LINEAR) 432.5 2.5341 8,996.15 79.06 LINEAR
C/1998 M2 (LINEAR) 1219 6.1291 42,590.53 321.1 LINEAR
C/1998 M4 (LINEAR) 1290 945.99 46,320.12 5096 LINEAR
C/1998 M5 (LINEAR) 438.5 0.15405 9,183.52 4.839 LINEAR
C/1998 Q1 (LINEAR) 357.2 4.9832 6,750.69 141.3 LINEAR
C/1998 T1 (LINEAR) 1618 8.9444 65,099.99 539.7 LINEAR
C/1998 U1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1998 U5 (LINEAR) 102.9 0.050505 1,043.5 0.7684 LINEAR
C/1998 W3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 H3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 J3 (LINEAR) 1619 62.789 65,157.78 3790 LINEAR
C/1999 J4 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 K3 (LINEAR) 234 10.838 3,578.59 248.7 LINEAR
C/1999 K4 (LINEAR) 16.99 16.019 70.04 99.05 LINEAR
C/1999 K5 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 K6 (LINEAR) 346.6 0.40589 6,452.54 11.33 LINEAR
C/1999 K7 (LINEAR) 696.9 268.92 18,396.74 1065 LINEAR
C/1999 K8 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 L2 (LINEAR) 392.8 24.671 7,784.77 733.4 LINEAR
C/1999 L3 (LINEAR) 77.59 0.071417 683.46 0.9436 LINEAR
C/1999 N4 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 S4 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 T2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 T3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/1999 Y1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2000 B2 (LINEAR) 4670 4462.8 319,184.79 4575 LINEAR
C/2000 CT54 (LINEAR) 1924 5.9824 84,452.9 11.955 LINEAR
C/2000 H1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2000 K1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2000 K2 (LINEAR) 500.2 0.45053 11,185.94 15.11 LINEAR
C/2000 SV74 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2000 U5 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2001 A1 (LINEAR) 266.6 3.8162 4,354.02 93.48 LINEAR
C/2001 A2 (LINEAR) Broke up into 2 pieces N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2001 A2-A (LINEAR) 2531 389.86 127,299.13 2942 LINEAR
C/2001 A2-B (LINEAR) 1119 3.497 37,412.96 175.4 LINEAR
C/2001 B1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2001 C1 (LINEAR) 50,450 10277 11,330,295.09 346300 LINEAR
C/2001 HT50 (LINEAR-NEAT) 1193 0.34415 41,231.67 17.83 LINEAR & NEAT
C/2001 K5 (LINEAR) 11,450 79.677 1,225,514 1279 LINEAR
C/2001 N2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2001 RX14 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2001 U6 (LINEAR) 1155 5.6789 39,247.77 289.5 LINEAR
C/2001 W1 (LINEAR) 1832 485.46 78,408.39 3117 LINEAR
C/2001 X1 (LINEAR) 587.9 18.611 14,254.47 676.9 LINEAR
C/2002 A3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 B2 (LINEAR) 1431 275.95 54,126.68 1566 LINEAR
C/2002 B3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 C2 (LINEAR) 8703 288.29 811,933.34 4034 LINEAR
C/2002 H2 (LINEAR) 281.3 3.676 4,719.05 92.49 LINEAR
C/2002 J5 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 K2 (LINEAR) 775.7 9.4479 21,603.34 394.7 LINEAR
C/2002 O7 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 Q2 (LINEAR) 56.01 7.6034 419.18 85.36 LINEAR
C/2002 Q3 (LINEAR) broke up into C/2002 Q3-A(?) N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 Q3-A (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 Q5 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 U2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2002 V2 (LINEAR) 5342 67.337 390,450.67 7383 LINEAR
C/2002 VQ94 (LINEAR) 202.2 0.015608 2,874.52 0.3329 LINEAR
C/2002 X1 (LINEAR) 1386 1.3899 51,595.58 77.62 LINEAR
C/2003 G1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 G2 (LINEAR) 446.6 87.536 9,437.87 2775 LINEAR
C/2003 H1 (LINEAR) 2664 5.3848 137,483.59 416.9 LINEAR
C/2003 H2 (LINEAR) 38.18 0.055072 235.88 0.5104 LINEAR
C/2003 K4 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 L2 (LINEAR) 154.5 0.045287 1,919.66 0.8443 LINEAR
C/2003 O1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 S3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 S4 (LINEAR) Broke up into 2 pieces N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 S4-A (LINEAR) 36.87 0.47048 223.87 4.285 LINEAR
C/2003 S4-B (LINEAR) 40.05 0.58193 253.44 5.524 LINEAR
C/2003 T2 (LINEAR) 6455 758.84 518,660.88 9146 LINEAR
C/2003 T4 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2003 V1 (LINEAR) 604.7 3.2609 14,869.96 120.3 LINEAR
C/2003 WT42 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2004 B1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2004 DZ61 (Catalina-LINEAR) 45.79 0.0058809 309.81 0.05969 Catalina Sky Survey & LINEAR
C/2004 F2 (LINEAR) 151.7 0.44695 1,867.59 8.256 LINEAR
C/2004 G1 (LINEAR) 1632 7854.7 65,917.03 47590 LINEAR
C/2004 H1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2004 K3 (LINEAR) 57.69 0.68721 438.14 7.829 LINEAR
C/2004 L1 (LINEAR) 864.1 1.8829 25,401.29 83.02 LINEAR
C/2004 L2 (LINEAR) 788.3 0.83336 22,135.17 35.1 LINEAR
C/2004 RG113 (LINEAR) 700.5 1.4528 18,538.55 57.68 LINEAR
C/2004 U1 (LINEAR) 3613 33.915 217,208.65 3058 LINEAR
C/2004 X2 (LINEAR) 1458 38.72 55,647.67 2217 LINEAR
C/2004 X3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2004 YJ35 (LINEAR) 12,900 1294.2 1,466,036 22050 LINEAR
C/2005 A1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2005 G1 (LINEAR) 19,580 835.79 2,739,676.1 17540 LINEAR
C/2005 H1 (LINEAR) 46.24 0.02928 314.43 0.2986 LINEAR
C/2005 K2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2005 Q1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2005 R4 (LINEAR) 2067 8.7033 93,985.77 593.6 LINEAR
C/2005 YW (LINEAR) 190.4 0.11001 2,627.7 2.277 LINEAR
C/2006 M1 (LINEAR) 153.8 0.039307 1,907.67 0.7313 LINEAR
C/2006 S2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2006 VZ13 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2006 X1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2006 XA1 (LINEAR) 251.9 0.26311 3,997.71 6.264 LINEAR
C/2007 D1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 D3 (LINEAR) 650.3 1.7638 16,585.49 67.47 LINEAR
C/2007 G1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 JA21 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 M3 (LINEAR) 170.8 0.071448 2,231.54 1.401 LINEAR
C/2007 O1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 U1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 W3 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2007 Y1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2008 H1 (LINEAR) 51.65 0.089237 371.25 0.9621 LINEAR
C/2008 R3 (LINEAR) 18.42 0.0043322 79.09 0.02789 LINEAR
C/2008 X3 (LINEAR) 43.79 0.031971 289.74 0.3173 LINEAR
C/2009 B2 (LINEAR) 41.84 0.093958 270.64 0.09116 LINEAR
C/2009 T3 (LINEAR) 4330 63.411 284,950.6 6259 LINEAR
C/2010 R1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2010 S1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2011 F1 (LINEAR) 3974 161.92 250,547.03 1531 LINEAR
C/2011 J2 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2011 J3 (LINEAR) 19.60 0.05808 86.79 0.3857 LINEAR
C/2011 M1 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2011 O1 (LINEAR) 1243 2.9855 43,838.65 157.9 LINEAR
C/2011 UF305 (LINEAR) Hyperbolic trajectory N/A N/A N/A LINEAR
C/2012 A2 (LINEAR) 971.7 0.62181 30,291.58 29.08 LINEAR
C/2012 K5 (LINEAR) 774.2 0.33548 21,541.62 14 LINEAR
C/2012 L1 (LINEAR) 766.9 0.81674 21,236.37 33.93 LINEAR
C/2012 L2 (LINEAR) 564.5 0.51295 13,411.27 18.28 LINEAR
C/2012 L3 (LINEAR) 330.8 1.7457 6,016.5 47.63 LINEAR
C/2012 V2 (LINEAR) 605.3 0.40643 14,892.73 15 LINEAR
C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) 152.9 0.064 1,891.12 1.187 LINEAR
C/2012 Y1 (LINEAR) 37.95 0.043821 233.82 0.405 LINEAR

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