|Discovery date||November 27, 1869|
|1869 W1; 1869 III;
1869c; 1880 T1;
1880 IV; 1880e;
1891 V; 1891d;
1908 II; 1908d;
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Epoch||January 6, 2002 (JD 2452280.5)|
|Semi-major axis||3.437 AU|
|Orbital period||6.372 a|
|Last perihelion||August 26, 2014
May 4, 2008
|Next perihelion||November 26, 2020|
Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel (Marseille) originally discovered the comet on November 27, 1869, it was later observed by Lewis Swift (Warner Observatory) on October 11, 1880, and realised to be the same comet.
After 1908 the comet became an unobservable lost comet, but on December 7, 2001, an object was found by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program, and confirmed by previous images from September 10 and October 17 as being the same comet. The comet was not observed during the 2008 unfavorable apparition because the perihelion passage occurred when the comet was on the far side of the Sun. The comet was observed during the 2014 apparition.
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