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Comet Grigg-Skjellerup

Comet Grigg-Skjellerup 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 5.09 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 12 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 211.5330 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 2.1971. 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 2018-10-02 at which point it was 1.082271 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.96, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Grigg-Skjellerup orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 22.4494 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.640955, it is the degree at which Comet Grigg-Skjellerup orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Grigg-Skjellerup Facts

Orbital Period5.09
Absolute Magnitude12
Longitude Of Ascending Node211.5330
Argument of Perihelion2.1971
Perihelion Distance1.082271
Semi-Major Axis2.96
Orbital Inclination (degrees)22.4494
Orbital Eccentricity0.640955

List of Meteor Showers linked to Comet Grigg-Skjellerup

Meteor ShowerPeak DateInclinationEccentricity
Pi PuppidsApr 2321.0000

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