Comets - P/2006 F1 (Kowalski) - PK06F010
Type Periodic Perihelion Date 14 March 2018 Perihelion Distance (q) 4.1 Aphelion Distance (Q) 5.2 Period (Years)   10.1 Eccentricity (e)   0.12 Inclination (i)   21.3 Click for NASA orbit diagram
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 6 May 2018
R Kowalski discovered an 18th magnitude comet on 2006 March 21 during the course of the Mt Lemmon survey with the 1.5-m reflector. The initial orbit suggested that it would reach perihelion at 1.9 AU in 2007 May, when it might reach 13th magnitude. Further observations however show that it is in a periodic orbit, period 10 years, with perihelion at 4.1 AU in February 2008. The comet appears to have had a recent close encounter with Jupiter. Date 10x10 mag Error Kphot mag Coma '