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Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura

Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura 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 6.46 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 8 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 84.1265 degrees. It is the angle between the Reference Direction and the Ascending Node. It is normally represented by the greek letter Ω. The ascending node is the point in which the object passes north. The descending node is the southern.The Argument of Perihelion is 0.0413. 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 2019-10-26 at which point it was 1.604643 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 3.45, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 30.4572 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.538085, it is the degree at which Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura Facts

Orbital Period6.46
Absolute Magnitude8
Longitude Of Ascending Node84.1265
Argument of Perihelion0.0413
Perihelion Distance1.604643
Semi-Major Axis3.45
Orbital Inclination (degrees)30.4572
Orbital Eccentricity0.538085

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