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56P/Slaughter-Burnham
Classification: Jupiter-family Comet          SPK-ID: 1000087
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Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts), and further modified by Ron Baalke (JPL).


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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2453765.5 (2006-Jan-30.0) TDB
Reference: JPL K053/30 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e 0.503671419439567 1.4522e-07  
a 5.10744281095078 8.347e-08 AU
q 2.53496984065279 7.5427e-07 AU
i 8.15569147183739 2.2147e-05 deg
node 346.2636222792555 7.4805e-05 deg
peri 44.07798233672779 0.00010317 deg
M 32.45358730316257 2.4629e-05 deg
tp 2453385.429726028959
(2005-Jan-14.92972603)
0.00028861 JED
period 4216.030029328722
11.54
0.00010335
2.83e-07
d
yr
n .08538838611102571 2.0932e-09 deg/d
Q 7.679915781248765 1.2551e-07 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      522  
   data-arc span      8959 days (24.53 yr)  
   first obs. used      1981-07-09  
   last obs. used      2006-01-18  
   planetary ephem.      DE405  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB405-CPV-2  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .8853  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Nick Mastrodemos  
   solution date      2006-Jan-30 13:50:05  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.54627 AU 
 T_jup = 2.713 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 8.5 mag n/a ICQ 2005 Handbook  
comet total magnitude slope K1 15.0   n/a ICQ 2005 Handbook  
diameter diameter 3.12 km n/a Lamy,P.L.;Toth,I.;Fernandez,Y.R.;Weaver,H.A. (2004) Comets II, pp. 223-264  

56P/Slaughter-Burnham          Discovered 1959-Jan-27 by Slaughter, C. D. at Lowell Observatory
discovered on plate/photo taken on 12/10-15
Reference: comet.disLast Updated: 2003-08-29

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Alternate Designations
 Perihelion 
Year
(est.)
 New-Style 
Desig
Roman
 Numeral 
Year/
 Letter 
 1993.5       1993 X   1992w 
 1982.0       1981 XVIII   1981i 
 1970.4   56P/1969 V1   1970 V   1969f 
 1958.9   56P/1959 B1   1958 VI   1959a 
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