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120P/Mueller 1
Classification: Jupiter-family Comet          SPK-ID: 1000116
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2453373.5 (2005-Jan-03.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 20 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .336662206520318 3.1132e-07  
a 4.140887466924998 8.5933e-07 au
q 2.746807155357698 1.6524e-06 au
i 8.787089100165726 3.4574e-05 deg
node 4.461100193933076 0.00014167 deg
peri 30.16639379641331 0.00024614 deg
M 11.09970705585699 9.8742e-05 deg
tp 2453278.604070186571
(2004-Sep-30.10407019)
0.00083773 TDB
period 3077.787058786194
8.43
0.00095807
2.623e-06
d
yr
n .116967156311969 3.641e-08 deg/d
Q 5.534967778492297 1.1486e-06 au

Additional Model Parameters
 Parameter Value Uncertainty (1-sigma) 
A1 [EST] -3.417076078045493E-8 6.427E-9
A2 [EST] -1.538633138885035E-9 7.081E-11
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      131  
   data-arc span      11991 days (32.83 yr)  
   first obs. used      1987-10-18  
   last obs. used      2020-08-16  
   planetary ephem.      DE441  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB441-N16  
   condition code      1  
   norm. resid. RMS      .76739  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2021-Apr-15 23:27:36  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.7574 au 
 Jupiter MOID = .260279 au 
 T_jup = 2.917 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 4.3   01. 20 2 parameter fit from 67 observations, autocmod 2.9c
comet total magnitude slope K1 30.75   n/a 20 autocmod 2.9c
comet nuclear magnitude M2 16.4   1. 20 from 31 observations, autocmod 2.9c
comet nuclear magnitude slope K2 5.   n/a 20 autocmod 2.9c
comet nuclear phase coefficient PC 0.03   n/a 20 autocmod 2.9c
diameter diameter 3.0 km n/a Lamy,P.L.,Toth,I.,Fernandez,Y.R.,Weaver,H.A. (2004) Comets II, pp. 223-264  

120P/Mueller 1          Discovered 1987-Oct-18 by Mueller, Jean at Palomar Mountain Observatory, California
Reference: comet.disLast Updated: 2003-08-29

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Alternate Designations
 Perihelion 
Year
(est.)
 New-Style 
Desig
Roman
 Numeral 
Year/
 Letter 
 1996.3   120P/1995 O2       
 1987.9   120P/1987 U2   1987 XXXI   1987a1 
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