Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
Color image of comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson), obtained on 2017 May 6 (2h12-2h16UT). Exposure time 240 seconds. Copyright © 2017 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

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Comet Observation database (COBS) was developed in 2010 and is maintained by Crni Vrh Observatory. It is a unique service offering comet observers to submit, display and analyse comet data in a single location and is opened to comet observers worldwide. Registered observers may submit the observations using a simple web-based form which will store their observations into an SQL database and display them in ICQ format.

Data stored in COBS database is freely available to everyone with respect to our data usage policy, and can be analysed with COBS online tools or exported and further used in other analysis software and publications.

Database currently contains more than 230000 comet observations of more than 1200 different comets and represents the largest available database of comet observations.

Amateur comet observers can make a useful contribution to science by observing comets and submitting their observations to the COBS, as the professional astronomers do not have the time nor the telescopes needed to gather such data. We encourage comet observers worldwide to submit their observations and contribute to the COBS database.

Light-curve of C/2015 V2 (Johnson) (Jun 12, 2017).

Recent observations

Type  Comet name  Obs date       Mag     Dia   DC  Tail     Observer
  V      2015V2   2017 06 24.46   8.4     8    3            PEA  
  V      2015ER61 2017 06 24.33   8.9     4    3/           GOI  
  V    71         2017 06 23.06  10.3     4    4/           GOI  
  V      2015V2   2017 06 23.05   7.7    12    3            GOI  
  V      2015V2   2017 06 23.04   7.8    10    3/           GOI  
  V      2015ER61 2017 06 22.76   9.3     4.1  5   10.5m260 WYA  
  V    29         2017 06 22.75  13.5     1    2            WYA  
  V   217         2017 06 22.75  13.3     0.8  5/           WYA  
  V    41         2017 06 22.74  11.1     3.5  2/           WYA  
  V    71         2017 06 22.48  10.4     3.1  5/           WYA  
  V    65         2017 06 22.47  13.9     0.8  2            WYA  
  V      2015V2   2017 06 22.46   7.7    13    3            WYA  
  V      2015V2   2017 06 22.12   7.8    10    3/           GOI  
  V      2015V2   2017 06 21.88   8.7     3    3            KWI  
  V    41         2017 06 21.54  10.4     5.4  2            WYA  

                            

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Current comet magnitudes (May 31)

Comet                     Magnitude   Trend    Observable     When visible
Johnson (2015 V2)              7.5    fade     50 N to 55 S   all night
PanSTARRS (2015 ER61)          8      fade     45 N to 65 S   morning
41P/Tuttle-Giacobinni-Kresak  10.5    fade     50 N to 55 S   all night
71P/Clark                     11      steady   40 N to 90 S   all night
Lovejoy (2017 E4)             12      fade     Solar conjunction
PanSTARRS (2016 R2)           13 ?    bright   Poor elongation
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann      13 ?    varies   45 N to 80 S   morning
65P/Gunn                      13.5    steady   30 N to 65 S   best evening
PanSTARRS (2015 O1)           14      steady   50 N to 30 S   all night
73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann      14      fade     15 S to 30 S   early morning

List of comets maintained by Jonathan Shanklin at http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds.


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