This comet was found during analysis of images obtained by the Coronagraph/Polarimeter instrument of the Solar Maximum Mission satellite. It was discovered by Sharon A. Beck (High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado, USA) during a routine investigation. Only two images were obtained which showed the comet's head, the first exposed on 1987 October 17.81405 and the second on October 17.87947. A third image obtained on Oct. 17.94491 had the head obscured by an artifact. The total brightness of the comet was estimated as magnitude -2.
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