|Discovered by||Arnold Richard Klemola[de]|
|Discovery date||November 1965|
|1965j 1965 VI, 1976j, 1976 X, 1987th, 1987th XIV|
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Semi-major axis||4.896 AU|
|Orbital period||10.82 a|
|Last perihelion||January 20, 2009|
|Next perihelion||November 9, 2019|
68P/Klemola or Klemola's Comet is a periodic comet, which belongs to Jupiter's comet family, that was discovered in 1965 by American astronomer Arnold Richard Klemola[de] in Argentinian Yale-Columbia Southern Station. Its orbital period is 10.82 years.
It was observed at the next predicted apparition by Gérard Sause at the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France on 6 August 1976 with a brightness of magnitude 12. It was successfully observed in 1987 when J. Gibson of the Palomar Observatory, California, obtained images with the 1.5-meter reflector on 16 February. It appeared essentially stellar, with a faint magnitude of 19. It was observed again on 29 March 1997 by Carl W. Hergenrother at the F. L. Whipple Observatory, with perihelion on 1 May 1998.
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- Seiichi Yoshida (2010-07-03). "68P/Klemola". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Patrick Rocher (January 15, 2010). "Note number : 0023 P/Klemola : 68P". Institut de mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémérides. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
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