Comet Yanaka (1988r): A new class of carbon-poor comet

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Abstract

As part of a program to determine the chemical composition of a sample population of comets, a very unusual comet, Yanaka (1988r), was observed in January 1989. Although the comet showed the usual emissions of OI and NH 2, it did not display any hint of C2 or CN emission. The comet is depleted in C2 by at least a factor of 100 and in CN by a factor of 25 relative to typical comets. If comets originate from interstellar clouds, Yanaka (1988r) could be an interloper from a cloud of different composition. If Yanaka (1988r) was formed within our solar system, the solar nebula was less uniform than assumed by most present models of formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1926-1929
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume257
Issue number5078
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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