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41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
Discovered by
Horace Parnell Tuttle, Michel Giacobini, Ľubor Kresák
Discovery date
3 May 1858
Alternative designations
1858 III; 1907 III; 1951 IV; 1962 V; 1973 VI; 1978 XXV; 1990 II
Semi-major axis
3.085 AU
Eccentricity
0.6604
Orbital period
5.419
Inclination
9.2294°
Epoch
6 March, 2006
Aphelion
5.122 AU
Perihelion
1.048 AU
Last Perihelion(s)
12 November 2011 (not observed) - 11 June 2006
Next Perihelion
13 April 2017

2006 Apparition

As of June 1, 2006, Comet 41P was a 10th magnitude object for telescopes, located on the Cancer-Leo border, with a predicted maximum of about 10 at perihelion on June 11. This comet is of interest as it has been noted to flare dramatically. In 1973 the flare was 10 magnitudes brighter than predicted, reaching easy naked-eye visibility at apparent magnitude 4.

However, by June 22, the comet had diminished to about magnitude 11, having produced no flare of note.

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 1.4 kilometers in diameter.

On April 5, 2017 the comet will pass 0.1482 AU (22,170,000 km; 13,780,000 mi) from the Earth.

Last modified
11/12/2016 - 08:53