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    M.P.E.C. 2003-T02                                Issued 2003 Oct. 1, 16:18 UT
    
         The Minor Planet Electronic Circulars contain information on unusual
             minor planets and routine data on comets.  They are published
       on behalf of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union by the
              Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
                              Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.
    
             Supported in part by the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation
                 Prepared using the Tamkin Foundation Computer Network
    
                                  MPC@CFA.HARVARD.EDU
              URL http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html  ISSN 1523-6714
    
                               COMET C/2003 S4 (LINEAR)
    
    Observations:
        CK03S040  C2003 09 26.16658 21 26 13.89 +33 15 41.1          19.4 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 26.17875 21 26 13.97 +33 15 34.2          19.4 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 26.20358 21 26 13.58 +33 15 22.9          19.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 26.21588 21 26 13.65 +33 15 15.4          20.1 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 27.16008 21 26 06.41 +33 07 10.6          19.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 27.18462 21 26 06.17 +33 06 57.2          19.5 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 27.19688 21 26 06.10 +33 06 50.6          19.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 27.20913 21 26 05.99 +33 06 43.6          19.9 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 28.14629 21 25 59.75 +32 58 37.0          19.2 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 28.15863 21 25 59.48 +32 58 31.2          19.6 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 28.17098 21 25 59.45 +32 58 24.7          19.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 28.18345 21 25 59.42 +32 58 18.0          19.2 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 28.19579 21 25 59.27 +32 58 10.9          19.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 29.09800 21 25 54.10 +32 50 15.2          19.0 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 29.11039 21 25 53.99 +32 50 09.0          19.5 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 29.12355 21 25 53.89 +32 50 02.0          19.0 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 29.13604 21 25 53.82 +32 49 56.4          19.6 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 29.14886 21 25 53.75 +32 49 48.7          19.5 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.05833 21 25 49.35 +32 41 46.0          19.9 N      850
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.09757 21 25 49.05 +32 41 25.2          18.8 N      850
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.12037 21 25 49.00 +32 41 11.8          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.12500 21 25 48.98 +32 41 08.4          19.1 N      850
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.12894 21 25 48.96 +32 41 07.3          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.14363 21 25 48.85 +32 40 59.7          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.16065 21 25 48.80 +32 40 50.2          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.16530 21 25 48.67 +32 40 49.5          19.2 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.17738 21 25 48.88 +32 40 38.9          20.1 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.17798 21 25 48.65 +32 40 39.7          20.3 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.19073 21 25 48.58 +32 40 33.4          19.5 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.19252 21 25 48.59 +32 40 32.8          19.2 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.19398 21 25 48.59 +32 40 32.6          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.19609 21 25 48.58 +32 40 30.6          19.1 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.19966 21 25 48.57 +32 40 28.7          19.0 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.20509 21 25 48.54 +32 40 26.3          19.5 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.21574 21 25 48.49 +32 40 20.7          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.21583 21 25 48.37 +32 40 20.0          19.4 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.21871 21 25 48.42 +32 40 19.2          19.2 N      704
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.22064 21 25 48.46 +32 40 17.8          18.6 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.22511 21 25 48.45 +32 40 15.4          18.6 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.22952 21 25 48.38 +32 40 12.8          18.5 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.30676 21 25 48.01 +32 39 31.5          18.5 N      651
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.31074 21 25 47.99 +32 39 29.7          18.6 N      651
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.77095 21 25 46.32 +32 35 21.5                      557
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.81568 21 25 46.05 +32 34 58.0          18.2 T      106
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.83513 21 25 45.96 +32 34 47.4          18.9 T      106
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.89353 21 25 45.67 +32 34 16.0          18.1 T      106
        CK03S040  C2003 09 30.89369 21 25 45.71 +32 34 15.3                      557
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.11867 21 25 45.00 +32 32 15.0          18.7 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.12279 21 25 44.96 +32 32 12.7          18.6 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.12690 21 25 44.94 +32 32 11.1          18.9 N      G90
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.14132 21 25 44.87 +32 32 03.3          18.5 T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.14953 21 25 44.84 +32 31 58.5                      673
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.18862 21 25 44.57 +32 31 36.1          19.9 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.20139 21 25 44.59 +32 31 29.7                      673
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.23670 21 25 44.41 +32 31 12.2          18.8 T      651
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.24012 21 25 44.41 +32 31 09.3          18.9 T      651
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.24350 21 25 44.39 +32 31 07.5          18.9 T      651
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.25079 21 25 44.36 +32 31 02.7          19.2 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.25556 21 25 44.37 +32 31 01.4               T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.25831 21 25 44.29 +32 30 58.8          19.3 B      448
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.26296 21 25 44.34 +32 30 57.1               T      673
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.26545 21 25 44.29 +32 30 55.0          18.7 N      448
        CK03S040  C2003 10 01.26840 21 25 44.31 +32 30 54.5               T      673
    
    Observer details:
    106 Crni Vrh.  Observer H. Mikuz.  0.60-m f/3.3 Deltagraph + CCD.
    448 Desert Moon Observatory.  Observer B. L. Stevens.  0.3-m
        Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD.
    557 Ondrejov.  Observer P. Kusnirak.  0.65-m f/3.6 reflector + CCD.
    651 Grasslands Observatory, Tucson.  Observer J. E. McGaha.  0.62-m f/5.1
        Newtonian + CCD.
    673 Table Mountain Observatory, Wrightwood.  Observer J. Young.  Measurers
        J. Young, A. Grigsby.  0.6-m reflector + CCD.
    704 Lincoln Laboratory ETS, New Mexico.  Observers M. Blythe, F. Shelly,
        M. Bezpalko, R. Huber, L. Manguso, D. Torres, R. Kracke, M. McCleary,
        H. Stange.  Measurers J. Stuart, R. Sayer, J. Evans, J. Kommers.  1.0-m
        f/2.15 reflector + CCD.
    850 Cordell-Lorenz Observatory, Sewanee.  Observers D. T. Durig, L. S. Busey.
        Measurers D. T. Durig, W. R. Sutherland.  0.30-m f/5.86 Schmidt-Cassegrain
        + CCD.
    G90 Three Buttes Observatory, Tucson.  Observer G. R. Jones.  0.32-m
        Ritchey-Chretien + CCD.
    
    Orbital elements:
        C/2003 S4 (LINEAR)
    T 2004 June 6.371 TT                                    MPC
    q   3.74227              (2000.0)            P               Q
                       Peri.  158.803       +0.861765       -0.228303
                       Node   223.871       +0.317817       +0.939010
    e   1.0            Incl.   40.821       +0.395416       -0.257174
    From 62 observations 2003 Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
    
    Ephemeris:
        C/2003 S4 (LINEAR)
    Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   m1    m2
    2003 09 28    21 26.01   +32 59.9    3.643    4.348   129.4    10.3  18.2
    2003 10 08    21 25.72   +31 28.4    3.650    4.305   125.3    10.9  18.2
    2003 10 18    21 27.08   +29 51.3    3.676    4.263   120.1    11.7  18.1
    2003 10 28    21 30.13   +28 12.9    3.718    4.223   114.1    12.4  18.1
    2003 11 07    21 34.85   +26 37.7    3.775    4.183   107.7    13.0  18.1
    2003 11 17    21 41.12   +25 09.0    3.843    4.146   100.9    13.5  18.1
    2003 11 27    21 48.82   +23 49.3    3.921    4.109    94.0    13.9  18.1
    2003 12 07    21 57.80   +22 40.5    4.006    4.074    87.0    14.0  18.1
    2003 12 17    22 07.88   +21 43.5    4.094    4.040    80.0    13.9  18.1
    2003 12 27    22 18.92   +20 58.6    4.184    4.008    73.0    13.6  18.1
    
    Brian G. Marsden             (C) Copyright 2003 MPC           M.P.E.C. 2003-T02
    

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