41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák

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41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák
Discovery
Discovered by Horace Parnell Tuttle
Michel Giacobini
Ľubor Kresák
Discovery date May 3, 1858
Alternative
designations
1858 III; 1907 III; 1951 IV;
1962 V; 1973 VI; 1978 XXV;
1990 II
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 5.122 AU
Perihelion 1.048 AU
Semi-major axis 3.085 AU
Eccentricity 0.6604
Orbital period 5.419 a
Inclination 9.2294°
Last perihelion November 12, 2011[1][2]
(not observed)[3]
June 11, 2006[1][2]
Next perihelion 2017-Apr-13[4]

41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák is a periodic comet in the Solar System.

Discovered by Horace Parnell Tuttle on May 3, 1858, and re-discovered independently by Michel Giacobini and Ľubor Kresák in 1907 and 1951 respectively, it is a member of the Jupiter family of comets. The comet was not observed during the 2011 unfavorable apparition[3][5] since the perihelion passage occurred when the comet was on the far side of the Sun.

2006 Apparition[edit]

As of June 1, 2006, Comet 41P was a 10th magnitude object for telescopes, located on the Cancer-Leo border, with a predicted maximum of about 10 at perihelion on June 11. This comet is of interest as it has been noted to flare dramatically. In 1973 the flare was 10 magnitudes brighter than predicted, reaching easy naked-eye visibility at apparent magnitude 4.[6]

However, by June 22, the comet had diminished to about magnitude 11, having produced no flare of note.

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 1.4 kilometers in diameter.[7]

On April 5, 2017 the comet will pass 0.1482 AU (22,170,000 km; 13,780,000 mi) from the Earth.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seiichi Yoshida (December 31, 2006). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b Syuichi Nakano (May 7, 2008). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (NK 1616)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b Seiichi Yoshida (July 22, 2011). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (2011)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Orbit". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  5. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (December 28, 2007). "Comets Waiting for First Observation". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  6. ^ 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák (Kronk)
  7. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. August 27, 2006 last obs. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  8. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". August 27, 2006 last obs. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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