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Comet Wilson-Harrington

Comet Wilson-Harrington 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 4.29 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 16 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 266.8156 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 95.4025. 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 2018-05-24 at which point it was 0.969816 A.U. distance away.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.64, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Comet Wilson-Harrington orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 2.7981 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.630820, it is the degree at which Comet Wilson-Harrington orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Comet Wilson-Harrington Facts


TypeComet
Orbital Period4.29
Absolute Magnitude16
Longitude Of Ascending Node266.8156
Argument of Perihelion95.4025
Perihelion Distance0.969816
Semi-Major Axis2.64
Orbital Inclination (degrees)2.7981
Orbital Eccentricity0.630820
Source(s)https://minorplanetcenter.net/iau/MPCORB.html


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