101P/Chernykh[3] is a periodic comet which was first discovered on August 19, 1977, by Nikolaj Stepanovich Chernykh.[4]

101P/Chernykh
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Discovery
Discovered byNikolai Stepanovich Chernykh
Discovery dateAugust 19, 1977
Alternative
designations
1978 IV; 1992 II
Orbital characteristics A
EpochMarch 6, 2006
Aphelion9.224 AU
Perihelion2.351 AU
Semi-major axis5.787 AU
Eccentricity0.5938
Orbital period13.92 a
Inclination5.0792°
Last perihelionDecember 25, 2005[1]
Next perihelionJanuary 13, 2020[2]
2020-Jan-31 (B)

In 1992, 101P/Chernykh was observed to split. JPL concluded that the comet split in April 1991, when 3.3 AU from the Sun.[5]

The primary nucleus is 5.6 km (3.5 mi) in diameter.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 101P/Chernykh". 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  2. ^ MPC
  3. ^ "Periodic Comet Numbers". Minor Planet Center. Archived from the original on November 6, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Kronk, Gary W. "101p/Chernykh". cometography.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Daniel W. E. Green (1991-11-21). "IAUC 5391: 1991o". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2008-10-25.[permanent dead link]

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