C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) is a comet discovered in 2002 by LINEAR project.


The LINEAR project announced the discovery of this object on October 14th, 2002. At that time, comet had a magnitude of 17.5. Before the end of the month, several observatories obtained follow-up observations. On October 29, IAU Circular No. 8003 announced this object to be a comet. Prediscovery observations were found on LINEAR images from October 12.

On 30 April 2004, the comet was imaged and studied using the remote-sensing devices on the Rosetta spacecraft. The coma and tail were measured in wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to microwave. This occurred from a distance of about 95 million kilometres. The presence of water molecules around the comet was successfully identified.[1]


  1. ^ "Rosetta's Scientific First - Observation of Comet Linear". European Space Agency. Retrieved 13 November 2014.