118P/Shoemaker–Levy

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118P/Shoemaker-Levy
118P-2010Mar05-03UT.jpg
118P when 2AU from the Sun
Discovery
Discovered by Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Eugene Merle Shoemaker
David H. Levy
Discovery date February 9, 1991[1]
Alternative
designations
118P/1991 C2; 1990 XII; 1991f; 118P/1995 M1
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch May 1, 2009
(JD 2454952.5)
Aphelion 4.943 AU
Perihelion 1.984 AU
Semi-major axis 3.463 AU
Eccentricity 0.4272
Orbital period 6.45 yr
Inclination 8.509°
Last perihelion January 2, 2010[2][3]
Next perihelion June 16, 2016[3]

118P/Shoemaker–Levy (also known as periodic comet Shoemaker-Levy 4) is a comet discovered by astronomers Carolyn and Eugene M. Shoemaker and David Levy.[1]

During the 2010 apparition the comet became as bright as apparent magnitude 11.5.[4]

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 4.8 kilometers in diameter.[1]

On December 3, 2015, comet Shoemaker-Levy 4 will pass 0.0442 AU (6,610,000 km; 4,110,000 mi) from asteroid 4 Vesta.[5]

This comet should not be confused with Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (D/1993 F2) which spectacularly crashed into Jupiter in 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2009-11-28 last obs. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  2. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2008-11-26). "118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  3. ^ a b Syuichi Nakano (2009-09-01). "118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4 (NK 1820)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2010-01-17). "Weekly Information about Bright Comets (2010 Jan. 16: North)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  5. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4". 2009-11-28 last obs. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 

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