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Comet Giacobini-Zinner

Comet Giacobini-Zinner 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 6.52 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 9 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 closest the Comet came to its orbitting target was 1998-11-21 at which point it was 0.996 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 3.52, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Giacobini-Zinner orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 31.8 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.706, it is the degree at which Comet Giacobini-Zinner orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Giacobini-Zinner Facts


TypeComet
Orbital Period6.52
Absolute Magnitude9
Perihelion Distance0.996
Semi-Major Axis3.52
Orbital Inclination31.8
Orbital Eccentricity0.706




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