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8P/Tuttle - Comet Tuttle
Discovered by
Horace Parnell Tuttle
Discovery date
5th January, 1858
Semi-major axis
5.701737
Eccentricity
0.819856
Orbital period
13.6
Inclination
54.9830°
Epoch
15th January, 2008
Dimensions
4.5 km
Aphelion
10.376340
Perihelion
1.027132
Last Perihelion(s)
27th January, 2008
Next Perihelion
27th August, 2021

Contact binary

Radar observations of Comet Tuttle in January 2008 by the Arecibo Observatory show it to be a contact binary. The comet nucleus is estimated at about 4.5 km in diameter, using the equivalent diameter of a sphere having a volume equal to the sum of a 3 km and 4 km sphere.

Last modified
12/12/2016 - 02:41