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Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp 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. A close approach will occur on 1997-03-22 when it will get to within 1.3 A.U. Its orbit takes 4000 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is -1 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 1997-03-31 at which point it was 0.914 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 250, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Hale-Bopp orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 89.4 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.995, it is the degree at which Comet Hale-Bopp orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Hale-Bopp Facts

Date of Closest Approach1997-03-22
Distance on Closest Approach1.3 A.U.
Orbital Period4000
Absolute Magnitude-1
Perihelion Distance0.914
Semi-Major Axis250
Orbital Inclination89.4
Orbital Eccentricity0.995

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