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Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher

Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher 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 A.E. Thatcher.Its orbit takes 415 years to travel round the Sun.

The closest the Comet came to its orbitting target was 1861-6-03 at which point it was 0.9207 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 55.6, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

Path of Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher Orbit

If the white lines are above, then the path of the object is under the ecliptic. If the white lines are below, the path is above the ecliptic. This refers to the Inclination of the object. The image was created using N.A.S.A. Solar System Dynamics.

Path of Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher Orbit

Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher Facts

DiscovererA.E. Thatcher
Orbital Period415
Perihelion Distance0.9207
Semi-Major Axis55.6

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