|Discovered by||J. G. Westphal|
|Discovery date||July 24, 1852|
21P/1852 O1; 1852 IV;|
21P/1913 S1; 1913 VI;
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Epoch||1913-11-09 (JD 2420080.5)|
|Semi-major axis||15.642 AU|
|Orbital period||61.87 yr|
|Last perihelion||January 3, 1976 (unobserved)|
May 4, 2038|
20D/Westphal was a periodic comet with an orbital period of 61 years. It fits the classical definition of a Halley-type comet with (20 years < period < 200 years). It was originally discovered by the German astronomer J. G. Westphal (Göttingen, Germany) on July 24, 1852.
The comet was last seen between September 27 and November 26, 1913, first by Pablo T. Delavan (La Plata Astronomical Observatory) and then others. It was predicted to return in 1976 but was never observed, and is now considered a lost comet.
- Orbital simulation from JPL (Java) / Horizons Ephemeris
- 20D/Westphal, Comet Orbit Home Page
- 20D at Kronk's Cometography
- Orbital elements, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
|Periodic comets (by number)|
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