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Comet Shoemaker-Levy 7

Comet 138P/Shoemaker-Levy 7

Proper NameShoemaker-Levy 7
Designation138P
Orbital inclination to the Ecliptic10.1°
Orbital Period6.9 years
Distance from the SunSemi-Major Axis: 542,741,072 km (3.63 AU)
Perihelion: 255,413,949 km (1.71 AU)
Aphelion: 830,068,196 km (5.55 AU))
Eccentricity0.5294
NotesA faint short-period comet that orbits through the inner Solar System over a period of just under seven years. Its closest approach to the Sun is at a distance of 1.7 AU, and so it does not approach closely enough to be easily visible from Earth.

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