Discovered byRudolf Ferdinand Spitaler
Discovery dateNovember 17, 1890
1890 VII, 1890 W1, 1993 U2
Orbital characteristics A
EpochFebruary 20, 2001
Perihelion2.127 AU
Semi-major axis3.69 AU
Orbital period7.09 a
Last perihelionApril 23, 2015
March 23, 2008
Next perihelion2022-Jun-01 (Horizons)

Comet Spitaler is a periodic comet in the Solar System discovered by Rudolf Ferdinand Spitaler (Vienna, Austria) on November 17, 1890, while attempting to observe Comet Zona (C/1890 V1).

Spitaler, together with G. M. Searle, J. F. Tennant, and J. R. Hind, calculated orbits based on the observations, but despite predictions of a return in 1897, it was lost and remained so for the next few decades.

On October 24, 1993, the comet was rediscovered by J. V. Scotti (Spacewatch, Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona, United States), it was confirmed as Spitaler's comet when Brian G. Marsden connected the 1890 and 1994 apparitions.