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Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 5.36 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 11.7 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 2006-06-02 at which point it was 0.937 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 3.06, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 11.4 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.694, it is the degree at which Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Facts

Orbital Period5.36
Absolute Magnitude11.7
Perihelion Distance0.937
Semi-Major Axis3.06
Orbital Inclination11.4
Orbital Eccentricity0.694

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