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Comet Machholz

Comet 96P/Machholz 1

Proper NameMachholz, Machholz 1
Designation96P
Orbital inclination to the Ecliptic58.2°
Orbital Period5.3 years
Distance from the SunSemi-Major Axis: 453,998,000 km (3.03 AU)
Perihelion: 18,531,000 km (0.12 AU)
Aphelion: 889,465,000 km (5.95 AU)
Eccentricity0.9592
NotesOne of more than ten comets named 'Machholz' after their discoverer Donald Machholz, this is a short-period comet that orbits the Sun in a period of just over five years. It is considered a likely source for the meter shower known as the Delta Aquariids.

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