60P/Tsuchinshan

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60P/Tsuchinshan
Discovery
Discovered by Tsuchinshan (Observatory)
Discovery date January 11, 1965
Alternative
designations
1965 II; 1971 X; 1978 XVI;
1985 X; 1992 XII
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch 2011-Nov-15
(JD 2455880.5)
Aphelion 5.398 AU
Perihelion 1.618 AU
Semi-major axis 3.508 AU
Eccentricity 0.5387
Orbital period 6.785 a
Inclination 3.609°
Last perihelion May 13, 2012[1][2]
December 24, 2005[1]
Next perihelion December 11, 2018[1]

60P/Tsuchinshan, also known as Tsuchinshan 2, is a periodic comet in the solar system. The comet peaked at about apparent magnitude 16.3 in 2012.[3]

On 29 December 2077 the comet will pass 0.068 AU (10,200,000 km; 6,300,000 mi) from Mars.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Seiichi Yoshida (2011-11-08). "60P/Tsuchinshan 2". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2009-04-22). "60P/Tsuchinshan 2 (NK 1766)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2011-12-07). "60P/Tsuchinshan 2 (2012)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 60P/Tsuchinshan 2". 2011-11-14 last obs. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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