138P/Shoemaker–Levy

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138P/Shoemaker-Levy
Discovery
Discovered by Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Eugene Merle Shoemaker
David H. Levy
Discovery date November 13, 1991
Alternative
designations
1991 XIX; 1998 O1
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 5.548 AU
Perihelion 1.707 AU
Semi-major axis 3.628 AU
Eccentricity 0.5294
Orbital period 6.91 a
Inclination 10.0797°
Last perihelion June 11, 2012[1]
July 19, 2005
Next perihelion 2019-May-02[2]

138P/Shoemaker–Levy, also known as Shoemaker-Levy 7, is a periodic comet in the solar system. The comet last came to perihelion on 11 June 2012,[1] but only brightened to about apparent magnitude 20.5.[3]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Syuichi Nakano (2009-04-22). "138P/Shoemaker-Levy 7 (NK 1768)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  2. ^ "138P/Shoemaker-Levy Orbit". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  3. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2012-02-21). "138P/Shoemaker-Levy 7 (2012)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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