|Past, Present, and Future Orbits by Kazuo Kinoshita|
Copyright © 2004 by Stefan Beck (Farrenberg)
C. D. Slaughter and R. Burnham, Jr. (Lowell Observatory, Arizona, USA) were blink examining plates exposed with the 13-inch photographic telescope during the course of the Proper Motion Survey. On 1959 January 27, they found a comet on a plate exposed on 1958 December 10.16. They estimated the magnitude as 16, and described it as diffuse, with a central condensation. Further examination revealed 8 additional plates showing the comet on December 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15, and this enabled E. Roemer to compute an elliptical orbit and ephemeris, which revealed a perihelion date of 1958 August 4.53 and an orbital period of 11.18 years. Although searches at Lowell Observatory during the last days of January proved fruitless, Roemer managed to photograph it on February 2.12. She said there was only a trace of coma surrounding a nearly stellar central condensation of about magnitude 18.0.
Copyright © 2004 by Maciej Reszelski (Ostrorog, Poland)