P/1997 B1 (Kobayashi)

On January 30 and January 31, 1997, Takao Kobayashi observed an object, P/1997 B1 (Kobayashi), which was initially thought to be a minor planet and was reported to the IAU as such by S. Nakano. Over the next few days, the object was observed to be in a cometary orbit. W. Offutt later showed it to be a comet.[1] For discovery of a comet with CCD, as well as the faintest discovery, Kobayashi ranks the first among amateur astronomers. It demonstrates that amateur astronomers still have an important role to play in the field of astronomical object discovery.[2]

P/1997 B1 (Kobayashi)
Discovery
Discovered byTakao Kobayashi
Discovery dateJanuary 30, 1997
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch2450520.5
(March 13, 1997)
Aphelion15.121 AU
Perihelion2.055 AU
Semi-major axis8.588 AU
Eccentricity0.761
Orbital period25.17 a
Inclination12.36°
Last perihelionMarch 2, 1997
Next perihelionMarch 25, 2022

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THE ASTRONOMER Electronic Circular No 1171". THE ASTRONOMER. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  2. ^ "Current comets". Jonathan Shanklin. Retrieved 2009-12-22.

External linksEdit

  • "IAUC 6553: P/1997 B1". IAU: Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  • "IAUC 6554: P/1997 B1; 1997X". IAU: Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  • "P/1997 B1 (Kobayashi)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  • "P/1997 B1 (Kobayashi)". Kazuo Kinoshita. Retrieved 2016-01-17.