Comets Named in 2003

Comet Designation Comet Name Discovery Observation Discovery Announced IAUC Date of Naming IAUC - MPEC Notes
C/2000 G3 C/SOHO 2000 Apr 10 2003 Jan 29 8073 2003 Jan 29 B42 Disc by Kracht
C/2002 V3 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 9 2003 Jan 29 8073 2003 Jan 29 B42 Disc by Evans
C/2002 V4 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 9 2003 Jan 29 8073 2003 Jan 29 B42 Disc by Kracht
C/2002 V5 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 11 2003 Feb 3 8073 2003 Feb 3 C02 Disc by Matson
C/2002 X6 C/SOHO 2002 Dec 2 2003 Feb 3 8073 2003 Feb 3 C02 Disc by Kracht
C/2002 Y2 C/SOHO 2002 Dec 19 2003 Feb 3 8073 2003 Feb 3 C02 Disc by Matson
C/2003 B1 C/SOHO 2003 Jan 16 2003 Feb 4 8065 2003 Feb 4 C23 Disc by Zhou
C/2003 A2 C/Gleason 2003 Jan 10 2003 Jan 15 8049 2003 Feb 8 C47 Possible Centaur
P/2003 CP7 P/LINEAR-NEAT 2003 Mar 10 2003 Mar 12 8092 2003 Mar 12 8092 Linked to asteroidal object 2003 CP7.
C/2003 E1 C/NEAT 2003 Mar 9 2003 Mar 12 8092 2003 Mar 12 8092  
C/2002 V6 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 13 2003 Mar 19 8099 2003 Mar 19 F14 Disc by Cernis
C/2002 V7 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 15 2003 Mar 19 8099 2003 Mar 19 F14 Disc by Matson
C/2002 W1 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 16 2003 Mar 21 8100 2003 Mar 21 F16 Disc by Zhou
C/2002 W2 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 17 2003 Mar 21 8100 2003 Mar 21 F16 Disc by Kracht
C/2002 W3 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 18 2003 Mar 21 8100 2003 Mar 21 F18 Disc by Kracht
C/2002 W4 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 19 2003 Mar 21 8100 2003 Mar 21 F18 Disc by Meyer
C/2003 F1 C/LINEAR 2003 Mar 23 2003 Mar 25 8098 2003 Mar 25 8098 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2002 W5 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 19 2003 Mar 27 8103 2003 Mar 27 F45 Disc by Hoenig
P/2003 F2 P/NEAT 2003 Mar 27 2003 Apr 1 8104 2003 Apr 1 8104 Asteroidal; Masi from NEO Conf. Page
C/2002 W6 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 20 2003 Apr 2 8106 2003 Apr 2 G07 Disc by Matson
C/2002 W7 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 21 2003 Apr 2 8106 2003 Apr 2 G07 Disc by Evans
C/2002 W8 C/SOHO 2002 Nov 22 2003 Apr 8 8111 2003 Apr 8 G32 Disc by Cernis
C/2003 G1 C/LINEAR 2003 Apr 8 2003 Apr 10 8115 2003 Apr 10 8115 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 G2 C/LINEAR 2003 Apr 8 2003 Apr 11 8116 2003 Apr 11 8116 Disc by Manguso
C/2003 G3 C/SOHO 2003 Apr 4 2003 Apr 12   2003 Apr 12 G63 Disc by Sachs
C/2003 H1 C/LINEAR 2003 Apr 24 2003 Apr 25 8122 2003 Apr 25 8122 Asteroidal; Mikuz, Kusnirak, and Spahr from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 H2 C/LINEAR 2003 Apr 24 2003 Apr 25 8122 2003 Apr 25 8122 Asteroidal; Mikuz, Tichy, and Kusnirak from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 H3 C/NEAT 2003 Apr 30 2003 May 1 8126 2003 May 1 8126 Disc by Pravdo
P/2003 H4 P/LINEAR 2003 Apr 29 2003 May 2 8127 2003 May 2 8127 Disc by Bezpalko
C/2003 J1 C/NEAT 2003 May 13 2003 May 17 8133 2003 May 17 8133 Lawrence from NEO Conf Page
C/2003 K1 C/Spacewatch 2003 May 23 2003 May 24 8135 2003 May 24 8135 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Lopez and Pacheco
C/2003 K2 C/Christensen 2003 May 26 2003 May 27 8136 2003 May 27 8136 Christensen from Catalina Sky Survey
C/2003 K3 C/SOHO 2003 May 25 2003 May 30 8138 2003 May 29 K46 Disc by Otterstedt
C/2003 K4 C/LINEAR 2003 May 28 2003 May 30 8139 2003 May 30 8139 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Young
C/2003 KV2 C/LINEAR 2003 May 23 2003 May 30 8139 2003 May 30 8139 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Brinkworth and Burleigh
P/2003 L1 P/Scotti 2003 Jun 4 2003 Jun 7 8145 2003 Jun 7 8145 Scotti from Spacewatch
C/2003 L2 C/LINEAR 2003 Jun 12 2003 Jun 14 8151 2003 Jun 14 8151 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Sanchez, Stoss, & Nomen, and Gajdos
P/2003 HT15 P/LINEAR 2003 Jun 24 2003 Jun 25 8156 2003 Jun 25 8156 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Hergenrother
P/2003 O1 P/LINEAR 2003 Jul 19 2003 Jul 30 8170 2003 Jul 30 8170 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Kusnirak and Birtwhistle
P/2003 O2 P/LINEAR 2003 Jul 29 2003 Jul 31 8172 2003 Jul 31 8172 Disc by Bezpalko
P/2003 H5 C/SOHO 2003 Apr 27 2003 Aug 1 P02 2003 Aug 1 P02 Disc by Kracht
P/2003 H6 C/SOHO 2003 Apr 30 2003 Aug 1 P02 2003 Aug 1 P02 Disc by Kracht
P/2003 H7 C/SOHO 2003 Apr 30 2003 Aug 1 P02 2003 Aug 1 P02 Disc by Kracht
P/2003 K5 C/SOHO 2003 May 21 2003 Aug 1 P02 2003 Aug 1 P02 Disc by Leprette
P/2003 K6 C/SOHO 2003 May 30 2003 Aug 1 P02 2003 Aug 1 P02 Disc by Zhou
P/2003 O3 P/LINEAR 2003 Jul 30 2003 Aug 5 8174 2003 Aug 5 8174 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
P/2003 QX29 P/NEAT 2003 Aug 23 2003 Sep 2 8192 2003 Sep 2 8192 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Griffin and Huerta and Young
C/2002 CE10 C/LINEAR 2002 Feb 6 2002 Feb 13 2002 C83 2002 Feb 13 2002 C83 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Takato, Sekiguchi, and Watanabe
C/2002 VQ94 C/LINEAR 2002 Nov 11 2002 Nov 15 2002 V71 2002 Nov 15 2002 V71 Asteroidal; Coma disc by D. Jewitt
C/2003 R1 C/LINEAR 2003 Sep 2 2003 Sep 6 8195 2003 Sep 2 8195 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
P/2003 S1 P/NEAT 2003 Sep 23 2003 Sep 24 8208 2003 Sep 24 8208 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
P/2003 S2 P/NEAT 2003 Sep 24 2003 Sep 25 8209 2003 Sep 25 8209 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 S3 C/LINEAR 2003 Sep 27 2003 Sep 29 8211 2003 Sep 29 8211 Disc by Bezpalko
C/2003 S4 C/LINEAR 2003 Sep 27 2003 Oct 1 8213 2003 Oct 1 8213 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
P/2003 T1 P/Tritton 2003 Oct 6 2003 Oct 7 8215 2003 Oct 7 8215 Disc by Juels; Coma disc by multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 T2 C/LINEAR 2003 Oct 13 2003 Oct 14 8222 2003 Oct 14 8222 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 T3 C/Tabur 2003 Oct 14 2003 Oct 15 8223 2003 Oct 15 8223 Disc by Tabur
C/2003 T4 C/LINEAR 2003 Oct 13 2003 Oct 15 8224 2003 Oct 15 8224 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
C/2003 U1 C/LINEAR 2003 Oct 19 2003 Oct 20 8227 2003 Oct 20 8227 Disc by Manguso and Stange
P/2003 U2 P/LINEAR 2003 Oct 19 2003 Oct 21 8229 2003 Oct 21 8229 Disc by Shelly
C/2003 U3 C/NEAT 2003 Oct 22 2003 Oct 23 8230 2003 Oct 23 8230 Disc by Lawrence
C/2003 V1 C/LINEAR 2003 Nov 4 2003 Nov 6 8236 2003 Nov 6 8236 Disc by Milner
C/2003 W1 C/LINEAR 2003 Nov 16 2003 Nov 17 8239 2003 Nov 17 8239 Asteroidal; Multiple obs. from NEO Conf. Page
P/2002 LZ11 P/LINEAR 2002 Jun 5 2003 Nov 18 8240 2003 Nov 18 8240 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Christensen
P/2001 RG100 P/LINEAR 2001 Sep 12 2003 Nov 28 8244 2003 Nov 28 8244 Asteroidal; Nuclear condensation disc by Gleason
P/2003 UY275 P/LINEAR 2003 Oct 29 2003 Dec 2 8247 2003 Dec 2 8247 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Hergenrother
P/2003 UD16 P/LONEOS 2003 Oct 16 2003 Dec 3 8248 2003 Dec 3 8248 Asteroidal; Coma disc by Hergenrother
P/2003 XD10 P/LINEAR-NEAT 2003 Dec 4 2003 Dec 17 8257 2003 Dec 17 8257 Asteroidal; Multiple obs from NEO Conf. Page

Announcements of newly discovered comets usually appear first on IAU Circulars and the number of the circular is given in the column headed "IAUC". Announcements of new names can appear either on IAU Circulars or on Minor Planet Electronic Circulars and the reference is given in the column headed "IAUC - MPEC". Simple numbers refer to IAU Circulars while numbers preceded by a single letter refer to MPECs, implicitly preceded by the current year. Occasionally an MPEC appears announcing a comet shortly before the IAU Circular but since this is mostly a matter of varying electronic transmission times, we have listed the IAU Circular when one was issued on the same day. The date of naming is implicitly in the current year. The Notes column usually gives the name of the individual(s) who discovered the cometary activity, whether independently or because of requests based on the orbit (which are often posted on the NEO Confirmation Page of the Minor Planet Center). This column is also used to indicate unusual characteristics (Centaur, possible short-period orbit, etc.)



Created by: Mike A'Hearn; Last Updated: Wednesday, 16-Jun-2004 11:44:53 EDT