36P/Whipple is a periodic comet in the Solar System. It is the lowest numbered Quasi-Hilda comet.[3]

36P/Whipple
Discovery
Discovered byFred Lawrence Whipple
Discovery dateOctober 15, 1933
Alternative
designations
1926 VIII; 1933 IV; 1941 III;
1948 VI; 1955 VIII; 1963 II;
1970 XIV; 1978 VIII; 1986 XII;
1994 XXXII
Orbital characteristics A
EpochMarch 6, 2006
Aphelion5.241 AU
Perihelion3.089 AU
Semi-major axis4.165 AU
Eccentricity0.2583
Orbital period8.501 a
Inclination9.9345°
Last perihelionDecember 30, 2011[1]
July 6, 2003
Next perihelion2020-May-31[2]

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 4.5 kilometers in diameter.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 36P/Whipple" (2004-02-16 last obs). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  2. ^ MPC
  3. ^ Toth, I. (March 2006). "The quasi-Hilda subgroup of ecliptic comets - an update". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 448 (3): 1191–1196. Bibcode:2006A&A...448.1191T. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20053492.

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