Comets - 247P/LINEAR - 0247P
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 2 December 2018 Perihelion Distance (q) 1.5 Aphelion Distance (Q) 6.5 Period (Years)   7.9 Eccentricity (e)   0.63 Inclination (i)   13.7 Click for NASA orbit diagram 
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 19 January 2019
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The comet was discovered by LINEAR on 5 November 2002 as an asteroid, of 19th magnitude. Brian Marsden noted that it is not clear if the object is in fact a comet. The orbit is typical of a Jupiter family comet and it can pass within 0.4 AU of the planet. It was refound by LINEAR on 15 November 2010 at 18th magnitude. It was finally confirmed as a comet in December 2010 when observations at the Haute Province Observatory as part of the T2 prject showed that it had a tail. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma ' 13-Oct-18   20.27   0.13   20.1   0.3 03-Dec-18   18.71   0.12 18.5 0.2 11-Dec-18   18.22   0.06 17.9 0.2 18-Dec-18 18.11   0.08 17.8 0.2 01-Jan-19   17.98   0.07 17.7 0.2 08-Jan-19   18.20   0.05 17.7 0.2