28P/Neujmin

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28P/Neujmin
Discovery
Discovered by Grigory Nikolaevich Neujmin
Discovery date September 3, 1913
Alternative
designations
1913 III; 1931 I; 1948 XIII;
1966 VI; 1984 XIX
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 12.27 AU
Perihelion 1.551 AU
Semi-major axis 6.911 AU
Eccentricity 0.7755
Orbital period 18.17 a
Inclination 14.2514°
Last perihelion December 27, 2002[1][2]
Next perihelion March 11, 2021[1][2][3]

28P/Neujmin, also known as Neujmin 1, is a large periodic comet in our Solar System. With a perihelion distance (closest approach to the Sun) of 1.5AU,[4] this comet does not make close approaches to the Earth.[5]

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 21.4 kilometers in diameter with a low albedo of 0.025.[4] Since 28P has such a large nucleus, it will become brighter than the 20th magnitude in early 2019, roughly 2 years before coming to perihelion. When it comes to opposition in May 2020, when it is still 3.5 AU from the Sun, it will likely have an apparent magnitude around 16.9. But during the 2021 perihelion passage the comet will be on the opposite side of the Sun as the Earth. The comet is not known for bright outbursts of activity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seiichi Yoshida (2004-09-07). "28P/Neujmin 1". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ a b Syuichi Nakano (2001-05-01). "28P/Neujmin 1 (NK 798)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  3. ^ Patrick Rocher (February 12, 2004). "Note number : 0140 P/Neujmin 1 : 28P". Institut de mecanique celeste et de calcul des ephemerides. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 28P/Neujmin 1". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2004-02-12 last obs. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  5. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 28P/Neujmin 1". 2004-02-12 last obs. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 

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