Discovered by Clement J. Taylor
Discovery date November 24, 1915
1915 W1, 1976 X1
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch November 11, 2004
Perihelion 1.94 AU
Semi-major axis 3.64 AU
Eccentricity 0.467
Orbital period 6.953 a
Inclination 20.56°
Last perihelion July 17, 2011
November 30, 2004
Next perihelion 2019 Mar. 18[1]

Comet Taylor, is a periodic comet in the solar system, first discovered by Clement J. Taylor (Cape Town, South Africa) on November 24, 1915.

George van Biesbroeck and E. E. Barnard (Yerkes Observatory, Wisconsin, USA) observed that the comet was split into two distinct nucleus, but this was not seen after March 16.

The comet was predicted to return in 1922, but was lost. (see lost comet)

In 1928 the discovery of Comet Reinmuth 1 was originally assumed to be Comet Taylor, and again in 1951 the same assumption was made with Comet Arend-Rigaux.

The 1976 return was predicted by N. A. Belyaev and V. V. Emel'yanenko and on January 25, 1977, Charles Kowal (Palomar Observatory, California, USA) found images on photographic plates for December 13, 1976.

The comet was recovered for the returns in 1984 and 1990, and in 1998 was observed as magnitude 12 when it passed close by Earth.


  1. ^ Syuichi Nakano (2012-02-04). "69P/Taylor (NK 2167)". OAA Computing and Minor Planet Sections. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 

External links

Periodic comets (by number)
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