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Comet Rordame-Quénisset

Comet C/1893 N1

Proper NameRordame-Quénisset
DesignationC/1893 N1
Orbital inclination to the Ecliptic160.0°
Orbital PeriodOpen orbit (will not return to the inner Solar System)
NotesAfter passing close to Earth in the year 1893, this comet is rapidly receding from the inner Solar System. It travelled beyond the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt in approximately 1970, and is continuing to follow a course leading out into interstellar space.

A non-periodic comet that passed through the inner Solar System in June and July 1893. Its path then carried out of the Solar System and on towards interstellar space: it is now more than 130 AU from the Sun, travelling in roughly the direction of the star Procyon in Canis Minor.

On its brief journey through the inner Solar System, the comet reached third magnitude, and was visible to the naked eye. It was discovered over the same period by a number of observers: apart from Rordame and Quénisset, at least five others could lay claim to having been the first to detect the comet in the sky.