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 perihelionMay 31, 2020[1]
December 30, 2011[2]
July 6, 2003
Next perihelion2028-Nov-04[3]

36P/Whipple is a periodic comet in the Solar System. It is the lowest numbered Quasi-Hilda comet.[4]

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 4.5 kilometers in diameter.[2]

References

  1. ^ MPC
  2. ^ a b "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 36P/Whipple" (2004-02-16 last obs). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  3. ^ "Horizons Batch for 36P/Whipple (90000453) on 2028-Nov-04" (Perihelion occurs when rdot flips from negative to positive). JPL Horizons. Retrieved 2022-06-27. (JPL#23 Soln.date: 2022-Mar-09)
  4. ^ 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.