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Have we missed an interstellar comet four years ago?

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Piotr A. Dybczyński (1), Małgorzata Królikowska (2) ((1) Astronomical Observatory Institute, Faculty of Physics, A.Mickiewicz Univ, Pozna\'n, Poland, (2) Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
(Submitted on 30 Oct 2018)

New orbit for C/2014 W10 PANSTARRS is obtained. High original eccentricity of e = 1.65 might suggest an interstellar origin of this comet. The probable reasons for missing this possible important event is discussed and a call for searching potential additional observations in various archives is proposed.

Comments:    Comments are welcome
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1810.12766 [astro-ph.EP (or arXiv:1810.12766v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Piotr Dybczyński
[v1] Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:18:15 UTC (42 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.12766

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