56P/Slaughter–Burnham

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56P/Slaughter–Burnham
Discovery
Discovered by Charles D. Slaughter
Robert Burnham
Discovery date January 27, 1959
Alternative
designations
1958 VI; 1970 V; 1981 XVIII;
1993 X
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch March 6, 2006
Aphelion 7.679 AU
Perihelion 2.535 AU
Semi-major axis 5.107 AU
Eccentricity 0.5036
Orbital period 11.54 a
Inclination 8.1558°
Jupiter MOID 0.02 AU (3,000,000 km)[3]
Last perihelion July 18, 2016[1]
January 14, 2005
Next perihelion 2027-Dec-19[2]

56P/Slaughter–Burnham is a periodic comet in the Solar system with a period of 11.54 years.[4]

It was discovered in 1959 by Charles D. Slaughter and Robert Burnham of the Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona during a photographic survey. They spotted the comet, with a faint brightness of magnitude 16, on a plate exposed on 10 December 1958. By monitoring its movement over a series of consecutive days, Elizabeth Roemer was able to calculate its orbit, suggesting a perihelion date of 4 August 1958 and an orbital period of 11.18 years.

It was subsequently observed in 1970, 1981, 1993 and 2005. Its next perihelion will be on 18 July 2018.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2005-10-27). "56P/Slaughter-Burnham (NK 1272)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ MPC
  3. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 56P/Slaughter-Burnham" (last observation: 2017-01-08). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Archived from the original on 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ "56P/Slaughter-Burnham". Kronk's Cometography. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "56P/Slaughter-Burnham appearances". Seiichi Yoshida. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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