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Comet Tempel-Tuttle

Comet Tempel-Tuttle 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 32.92 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 10 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 235.4059 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 172.5893. 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 2031-05-21 at which point it was 0.961301 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 10.33, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Tempel-Tuttle orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 162.3369 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.907035, it is the degree at which Comet Tempel-Tuttle orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Tempel-Tuttle Facts

Orbital Period32.92
Absolute Magnitude10
Longitude Of Ascending Node235.4059
Argument of Perihelion172.5893
Perihelion Distance0.961301
Semi-Major Axis10.33
Orbital Inclination (degrees)162.3369
Orbital Eccentricity0.907035

List of Meteor Showers linked to Comet Tempel-Tuttle

Meteor ShowerPeak DateInclinationEccentricity
LeonidsNov. 17/18162.20000.8670

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