129P/Shoemaker–Levy

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129P/Shoemaker-Levy
Discovery
Discovered by Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Eugene Merle Shoemaker
David H. Levy
Discovery date February 7, 1991
Alternative
designations
1990 XXVII; 1996 U1
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 4.676 AU
Perihelion 2.807 AU
Semi-major axis 3.741 AU
Eccentricity 0.2497
Orbital period 7.237 a
Inclination 5.0108°
Last perihelion June 5, 2005
Next perihelion February 11, 2014[1]

129P/Shoemaker–Levy, also known as Shoemaker–Levy 3, is a periodic comet in the Solar System. It fits the definition of an Encke-type comet with (TJupiter > 3; a < aJupiter),[2] and is a quasi-Hilda comet.[3]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2005-10-27). "129P/Shoemaker-Levy 3 (NK 1273)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  2. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 129P/Shoemaker-Levy 3". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2011-10-30 last obs. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  3. ^ Toth, I. (March 2006). "The quasi-Hilda subgroup of ecliptic comets - an update". Astronomy and Astrophysics 448 (3): 1191–1196. Bibcode:2006A&A...448.1191T. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20053492. 

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