Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2019-Jan-10 11:46:31 UT
Exposure 30 secs ZTF_r filter
Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)
Palomar Palomar 48-inch Observatory Telescope

6dFGS gJ113142.1-022026 is the edge on galaxy above the head.
UGC 6510 is the face on spiral galaxy above the tail.
Several smaller galaxies are in the field.

JPL Horizons Ephemeris Data:
60P/Tsuchinshan 2
2019-Jan-10 11:46:31.000 UTCJD = 2458493.990636574
t – T = +2458493.99064 days from perihelion
RA 172.93421 Dec -2.35923
Delta = 0.971 au Earth distance
r = 1.65 au heliocentric distance
Elongation = 115.1 deg
Phase = 32.7 deg
PsAng = 295.7 deg antisolar direction
PsAMV = 292.4 deg -v direction
PlAng = +1.4 deg orbit plane angle
True Anomaly = 17.7 deg
Constellation: Leo (Leo)
EclLon = 141.7727 deg
EclLat = -2.9261 deg

Latest Orbit:
60P/Tsuchinshan
Epoch 2018 Dec. 28.0 TT = JDT 2458480.5
T 2018 Dec. 11.2314 TT = 2458463.73136 JDT
q = 1.6226475
e = 0.537741
Inclination 3.6065 degrees
Argument of Perihelion 216.5528 degrees
a 3.510256 au
Period P = 6.58 years

Discovery:
60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Discovered 1965-Jan-11 at Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanking
discovered on plate/photo taken on discovery date.

Last Observed on June 23, 2019 mag 19.9 N at E94 – Possum Observatory, Gisborne

The NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and operated by the California Institute of Technology.

There are many more images of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in the ZTF archives.


References:
Link to the ZTF Solar system object search: https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/ztf/
JPL Small Body Database: https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=60P;orb=0;cov=0;log=0;cad=1#cad

Minor Planet Center Database: https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?utf8=%E2%9C%93&object_id=60P


Published by Charles Bell

The observer at MPC Observatory H47 near Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

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