62P/Tsuchinshan

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62P/Tsuchinshan 1
Discovery
Discovered by Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanking
Discovery date January 1, 1965
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch 2005-Jul-09
(JD 2453560.5)
Aphelion 5.568 AU (Q)
Perihelion 1.489 AU (q)
Semi-major axis 3.528 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.5780
Orbital period 6.63 yr[1]
Inclination 10.50°
Last perihelion 2011-Jun-30[2][3]
(unobserved)[1]
Next perihelion 2017-Nov-16[4]

62P/Tsuchinshan, also known as Tsuchinshan 1, is a periodic comet discovered on 1965 January 1 at Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanking.[1]

During the 2004 perihelion passage the comet brightened to about apparent magnitude 11.[5] 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.

On 2049 April 2 the comet will pass about 0.011 AU (1,600,000 km; 1,000,000 mi) from Mars.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 62P/Tsuchinshan 1". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2005-06-07 last obs. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2010-11-28). "62P/Tsuchinshan 1". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2008-05-04). "62P/Tsuchinshan 1 (NK 1604)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  4. ^ Horizons output. "Observer Table for Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 (2005)". Retrieved 2012-03-02.  (Observer Location:@sun)
  5. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2005-06-10). "62P/Tsuchinshan 1 (2004)". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 62P/Tsuchinshan 1". 2005-06-07 last obs. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

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