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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 Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 195.3914 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 172.86. 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 2018-09-10 at which point it was 1.012811 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 31.9976 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.710422, 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

Orbital Period6.52
Absolute Magnitude9
Longitude Of Ascending Node195.3914
Argument of Perihelion172.86
Perihelion Distance1.012811
Semi-Major Axis3.52
Orbital Inclination (degrees)31.9976
Orbital Eccentricity0.710422

List of Meteor Showers linked to Comet Giacobini-Zinner

Meteor ShowerPeak DateInclinationEccentricity
DraconidsOct. 9/10
October Draconids8th October31.40000.7060

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