Comet McMillan or 208P/McMillan is a periodic comet with an orbital period of about 8.1 years. The comet belongs to the Jupiter family of comets. It last came to perihelion on 1 July 2016.[1]

208P/McMillan
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch2016-Jul-31
(JD 2457600.5)
Aphelion5.561 AU (Q)
Perihelion2.5446 AU (q)
Semi-major axis4.0529 AU (a)
Eccentricity0.37214
Orbital period8.16 yr
Inclination4.4081°
Last perihelion2016-Jul-01
Next perihelion2024-Aug-23[1]

DiscoveryEdit

The comet was discovered on 19 October 2008 by the American astronomer Robert S. McMillan . In December, S. Nakano link to this comet that was observed as early as in October 2000 and gave it the tag S7 2000.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "208P/McMillan Orbit". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2014-06-20.

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