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Comet C / 1964 N1 Ikeya

Comet C / 1964 N1 Ikeya 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 Kaoru Ikeya.Its orbit takes 391 years to travel round the Sun.

The closest the Comet came to its orbitting target was 1964-8-1 at which point it was 0.8218 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 53.5, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet C / 1964 N1 Ikeya orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 171.92 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.984643, it is the degree at which Comet C / 1964 N1 Ikeya orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet C / 1964 N1 Ikeya Facts

DiscovererKaoru Ikeya
Orbital Period391
Perihelion Distance0.8218
Semi-Major Axis53.5
Orbital Inclination (degrees)171.92
Orbital Eccentricity0.984643

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