P/2010 B2 (WISE)

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P/2010 B2 (WISE)
Discovery
Discovered by WISE
Discovery date January 22, 2010
Alternative
designations
P/2010 B2
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch January 4, 2010
Perihelion 1.6069719 AU
Semi-major axis 2.9932709 AU
Eccentricity 0.4631385
Orbital period 5.18 a
Inclination 8.88973°

P/2010 B2 is a periodic comet in our solar system. It is the first comet discovered by the space observatory WISE and was first observed on January 22, 2010[1] and has since been followed by ground observatories, among them the Mauna Kea Observatory.[2]

The comet has an orbital period of 4.7 years, an aphelion of 4 astronomical units and a perihelion of 1.6 astronomical units.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MPEC 2010-C23 : COMET P/2010 B2 (WISE)". February 8, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Lakdawalla, Emily (February 8, 2010). "WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)". Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Comet Discovered by New NASA Observatory". February 11, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.