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Path of comet across sky, with 7-day motion shown
|Discovered by||Donald Machholz|
|Discovery date||7 November 2018|
|Epoch 2018 Dec. 3.51776|
|Earth MOID||0.114946 AU|
Not to be confused with Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto, which will pass by earth in Feb 2019
Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is a parabolic-orbit comet discovered on 7 November 2018 by Donald Machholz, with perihelion on 3 December 2018. It is estimated to be between 8 and 10th magnitude from mid-November to mid-December 2018, visible in a small telescope. It was discovered by three amateur astronomers: by an observer in Colfax, California, USA and by two observers in Japan. The observations by three astronomers result in the name for the comet, Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto.
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- MPEC 2018-V151: COMET C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)
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- Arizona Amateur Discovers New Dawn Comet — Here’s How To Find It Bob King, Nov 11, 2018
- Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) Sky Charts and Coordinates
- JPL viewer
- C/2018 V1 at the JPL Small-Body Database
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