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Comet Encke

Comet Encke 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 3.3 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 11.5 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 334.5615 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 186.5665. 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 2020-06-26 at which point it was 0.33637 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.21, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Encke orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 11.7702 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.848121, it is the degree at which Comet Encke orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Path of Comet Encke 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 Encke Orbit

Comet Encke Facts

Orbital Period3.3
Absolute Magnitude11.5
Longitude Of Ascending Node334.5615
Argument of Perihelion186.5665
Perihelion Distance0.33637
Semi-Major Axis2.21
Orbital Inclination (degrees)11.7702
Orbital Eccentricity0.848121

List of Meteor Showers linked to Comet Encke

Meteor ShowerPeak DateInclinationEccentricity
Daytime Beta Taurids28-Jun3.60000.8042
Daytime Zeta Perseids09-Jun3.80000.7841
Southern TauridsOct. 30-Nov. 75.30000.7980

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