117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1

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Updated on June 29, 2010

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* Profile

The orbit is almost circular with an eccentricity of about 0.2. However, it tends to be brightest long time after the perihelion passage.

In the apparition in 1997, it reached to the maximum brightness nearly one year after the perihelion passage. At the discovery in 1989, it was already two years since the perihelion passage in 1987 October.

Kazuo Kinoshita's calculation revealed that the comet has passed close down to 0.68 A.U. to Jupiter in 2002 after the two apparitions, and the perihelion distance was reduced from 3.7 A.U. down to 3.0 A.U.

In the next return in 2005, it became brightest about 5 months after the perihelion passage. The difference between the perihelion passage and the brightest day was reduced because the comet came to approach closer to the sun. But the asymmetric light curve trend to the perihelion passage still remains.

Kazuo Kinoshita's calculation revealed that the comet will pass near by Jupiter twice at the end of 21st century, and the perihelion distance will be changed drastically. But it keeps the current orbit until that time.

* Returns and Appearances

!Discovered *Appeared -Not observed #Appeared before discovery +Not observed before discovery .Returns in the future
* 117P
2014 Mar. 27
* 117P
2005 Dec. 19
* 117P
1997 Mar. 26
! 117P/1989 T2
1987 Oct. 12

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The perihelion dates in the past appearances are printed on Catalog of Cometary Orbits 1996.
Information on the discovery and historical highlights are available at General Comet Info (Gary W. Kronk).
The past and future orbital elements calculated by Kazuo Kinoshita (http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~comet/pcmtn/0117p.htm).

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