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Comet Tuttle

Comet 8P/Tuttle

Proper NameTuttle
Orbital inclination to the Ecliptic54.9°
Orbital Period13.6 years
Distance from the SunSemi-Major Axis: 853,658,000 km (5.71 AU)
Perihelion: 153,489,000 km (1.03 AU)
Aphelion: 1,553,826,000 km (10.39 AU)
NotesA short-period comet with an orbit that carries it outside the plane of the Solar System, travelling out as far as the orbit of Saturn before returning to its perihelion in a period approaching fourteen years. The comet's nucleus is a contact binary, a pair of bodies held in contact with one another by their mutual gravity.