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Comet Hyakutake

Comet Hyakutake 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 40000 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 0 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 1996-05-01 at which point it was 0.23 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is -1165, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Hyakutake orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 124.9 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.998, it is the degree at which Comet Hyakutake orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Image of Comet Comet Hyakutake

Image of Comet Comet Hyakutake

Comet Hyakutake Facts

Orbital Period40000
Absolute Magnitude0
Perihelion Distance0.23
Semi-Major Axis-1165
Orbital Inclination124.9
Orbital Eccentricity0.998

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