C/2017 T1 (Heinze)

Summary

C/2017 T1 (Heinze)
Comet 2017T1 Heinze skypath.png
Path of C/2017 T1 (Heinze) in sky. It is closest to Earth on Jan 4, 2018 and passed over the north pole as it approaches perihelion.
Discovery
Discovered byAri Heinze
Discovery dateOctober 2, 2017
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch2458083.5
Perihelion0.58063929 AU
Eccentricity1.000290608
Inclination96.831860°
Next perihelion21 February 2018

C/2017 T1 (Heinze) is a near parabolic comet that passed closest to Earth on January 4, 2018, at a distance of 0.22 AU. It was discovered on 10/2/2017 by Ari Heinze of the University of Hawaiʻi. Perihelion is on February 21, 2018, and it is expected peak magnitude about 8.8.[1]

References

  1. ^ Comet Heinze (C/2017 T1): A Binocular Comet for the New Year? Bob King, November 1, 2017
  • C/2017 T1 at the JPL Small-Body Database
    • Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters
  • MPEC 2017-U15 : COMET C/2017 T1 (Heinze) MinorPlanetCenter