70P/Kojima is a periodic comet in the Solar System with a current orbital period of 7.05 years.[2][3]

Discovered byNobuhisa Kojima at Ishiki, Aichi, Japan
Discovery date27 December 1970
Orbital characteristics A
Aphelion5,345 AU
Perihelion2.0068 AU
Semi-major axis3.6759 AU
Orbital period7.05 yr
Last perihelion2014-Oct-20
Next perihelion2021-Nov-03[1]

It was discovered at Ishiki, Aichi, Japan by Nobuhisa Kojima, who estimated its brightness at magnitude 14. Its parabolic orbit was calculated by Kiichirō Furukawa to have a perihelion date of 1 November 1970. This was revised on the basis of further observations to an elliptical orbit with a perihelion of 7 October and an orbital period of 6.16.

Hiroki Kosai and Furukawa relocated the comet on 9 December 1977 at its next predicted apparition with the 105 cm Schmidt telescope at the Kiso Station of the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, estimating its brightness at magnitude 16. It was subsequently observed in 1985/1986 and 1992/1994 by Spacewatch with magnitudes of 20 and 22.1. The comet then passed close to Jupiter, which reduced the perihelion distance from 2.4 AU (Astronomical Unit) to 1.97 AU, increased the eccentricity from 0.39 to 0.46 and reduced the orbital period from 7.85 to 6.99.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MPC
  2. ^ "70P/Kojima". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Elements and Ephemeris for 70P/Kojima". International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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