71P/Clark

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71P/Clark
Discovery
Discovered by Michael Clark
Discovery date June 9, 1973
Alternative
designations
1973 V; 1978 XXIII; 1984 VIII;
1989 XX; 1994t
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 4.685 AU
Perihelion 1.562 AU
Semi-major axis 3.124 AU
Eccentricity 0.4999
Orbital period 5.521 a
Inclination 9.4883°
Last perihelion December 15, 2011
Next perihelion June 30, 2017[1]

71P/Clark is a periodic comet in the Solar System with an orbital period of 5.5 years.

It was discovered by Michael Clark at Mount John University Observatory, New Zealand on 9 June 1972 with a brightness of apparent magnitude 13. Subsequently it has been observed in 1978, 1984, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2011. [2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2011-02-06). "71P/Clark (NK 2030)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ "71P/Clark". Cometography. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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