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102P/Shoemaker, also known as Shoemaker 1, is a periodic comet in the Solar System. It was first seen in 1984 and then again in 1991. Images taken of it in 1999 were not recognized until 2006 when it was once again observed. It was unexpectedly dim in each of these returns.

102P/Shoemaker
Discovery
Discovered byCarolyn S. Shoemaker
Eugene Merle Shoemaker
Discovery dateSeptember 27, 1984
Alternative
designations
1984 XVI; 1991 XXIII
Orbital characteristics A
EpochMarch 6, 2006
Aphelion5.505 AU
Perihelion1.974 AU
Semi-major axis3.739 AU
Eccentricity0.4722
Orbital period7.231 a
Inclination26.2538°
Last perihelionSeptember 1, 2013[1]
June 6, 2006
Next perihelion2021-Jan-22[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2010-04-28). "102P/Shoemaker 1 (NK 1924)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ "102P/Shoemaker Orbit". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2014-06-17.

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