104P/Kowal

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104P/Kowal
Discovery
Discovered by Charles T. Kowal
Discovery date 13 January 1979
Alternative
designations
Kowal 2
1979 B1, 1991 X1
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch 2 April 2016
Observation arc 19 years (1997-2016)
No. of observations used 395
Aphelion 5.345 AU
Perihelion 1.179 AU
Semi-major axis 3.262 AU
Eccentricity 0.6385
Orbital period 5.89 yr
Inclination 10.252°
Last perihelion 28 March 2016
4 May 2010
Next perihelion 11 Jan 2022[1][2]

104P/Kowal, also known as Kowal 2, is a periodic Jupiter-family comet discovered by Charles T. Kowal in 1979. The orbit was confirmed after new sightings in 1991 and 1998.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "104P/Kowal Orbit". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b Yoshida, Seiichi (2016-01-24). "104P/Kowal 2". Aerith Comet Catalog. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
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