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Comet Chiron

Comet Chiron 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. Its orbit takes 50.7 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 6.3 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 209.2085 degrees. It is the angle between the Reference Direction and the Ascending Node. It is normally represented by the greek letter Ω. The ascending node is the point in which the object passes north. The descending node is the southern.The Argument of Perihelion is 339.7938. It is the angle along the orbit of a planet or other Solar System object as measured from the ascending node (analogous to right ascension and longitude) Ref:Hawaii.

The closest the Comet came to its orbitting target was 1996-02-27 at which point it was 8.458658 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 13.7, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Chiron orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 6.9481 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.380944, it is the degree at which Comet Chiron orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Chiron Facts

Orbital Period50.7
Absolute Magnitude6.3
Longitude Of Ascending Node209.2085
Argument of Perihelion339.7938
Perihelion Distance8.458658
Semi-Major Axis13.7
Orbital Inclination (degrees)6.9481
Orbital Eccentricity0.380944

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