|Discovered by||Horace Parnell Tuttle
|Discovery date||May 3, 1858|
|1858 III; 1907 III; 1951 IV;
1962 V; 1973 VI; 1978 XXV;
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Epoch||March 6, 2006|
|Semi-major axis||3.085 AU|
|Orbital period||5.419 a|
|Last perihelion||November 12, 2011
June 11, 2006
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 since the perihelion passage occurred when the comet was on the far side of the Sun.
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.
However, by June 22, the comet had diminished to about magnitude 11, having produced no flare of note.
- Seiichi Yoshida (December 31, 2006). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- Syuichi Nakano (May 7, 2008). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (NK 1616)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- Seiichi Yoshida (July 22, 2011). "41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (2011)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Seiichi Yoshida (December 28, 2007). "Comets Waiting for First Observation". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák (Kronk)
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. August 27, 2006 last obs. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- "JPL Close-Approach Data: 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak". August 27, 2006 last obs. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
- Orbital simulation from JPL (Java) / Horizons Ephemeris
- 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at the Minor Planet Center's Database
- 41P at Kronk's Cometography
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