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Comet 209P/Linear

Comet 209P/Linear is a comet, a celestial body that travels in from the far reaches of the cosmos that when it gets closer to the sun begins to burn away and produce a long tail. It is composed mainly of ice and dust. It was discovered by Robert H. McNaught.Its orbit takes 5.09 years to travel round the Sun.

The closest the Comet came to its orbitting target was 2019-6-12 at which point it was 0.95 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.961, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet 209P/Linear orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 21.243 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.67, it is the degree at which Comet 209P/Linear orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet 209P/Linear Facts


TypeComet
DiscovererRobert H. McNaught
Orbital Period5.09
Perihelion Distance0.95
Semi-Major Axis2.961
Orbital Inclination21.243
Orbital Eccentricity0.67

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