53P/Van Biesbroeck is a periodic comet 7 km in diameter.[3]

53P/Van Biesbroeck
Discovery
Discovered byGeorge Van Biesbroeck
Discovery dateSeptember 1, 1954
Alternative
designations
1954 IV; 1966 III; 1978 XXIV;
1991 VI
Orbital characteristics A
EpochMarch 6, 2006
Aphelion8.375 AU
Perihelion2.414 AU
Semi-major axis5.394 AU
Eccentricity0.5526
Orbital period12.53 yr
Inclination6.6094°
Jupiter MOID0.009 AU (1,300,000 km)
Last perihelionApril 29, 2016[1]
October 9, 2003
Next perihelion2028-Dec-24.7[2]

This comet and 42P/Neujmin are fragments of a parent comet that split around March 1845.[4][5][6] The orbit of 53P/Van Biesbroeck has a Jupiter Minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of only 0.009 AU (1,300,000 km; 840,000 mi).[3][7] The next perihelion passage is on Christmas Eve 24 December 2028.[2] The comet is expected to brighten to about apparent magnitude 14.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seiichi Yoshida (2011-07-31). "53P/Van Biesbroeck". Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ a b MPC
  3. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 53P/Van Biesbroeck" (last observation: 2017-01-01). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Archived from the original on 2017-02-25.
  4. ^ "IAUC 3940: Sats OF SATURN; PERIODIC COMETS NEUJMIN 3 AND VAN BIESBROECK; Corrs". IAU Circular. 1984-04-25.
  5. ^ Comets II. Lunar and Planetary Institute, University of Arizona. p. 236, 237, 314.
  6. ^ Are Comets 42P/Neujmin 3 and 53P/Van Biesbroeck Parts of one Comet? Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Search Engine: comets and Jupiter MOID < 1 (AU)". JPL Solar System Dynamics. Retrieved 2017-02-25.

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