36P/Whipple

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36P/Whipple
Discovery
Discovered by Fred Lawrence Whipple
Discovery date October 15, 1933
Alternative
designations
1926 VIII; 1933 IV; 1941 III;
1948 VI; 1955 VIII; 1963 II;
1970 XIV; 1978 VIII; 1986 XII;
1994 XXXII
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 5.241 AU
Perihelion 3.089 AU
Semi-major axis 4.165 AU
Eccentricity 0.2583
Orbital period 8.501 a
Inclination 9.9345°
Last perihelion December 30, 2011[1]
July 6, 2003
Next perihelion 2020-May-31[2]

36P/Whipple is a periodic comet in the Solar System. It is the lowest numbered Quasi-Hilda comet.[3]

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 4.5 kilometers in diameter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 36P/Whipple". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2004-02-16 last obs. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ Patrick Rocher (2012-01-25). "Note number : 0068 P/Whipple : 36P". Institut de mecanique celeste et de calcul des ephemerides. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  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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