Comet family | Article about comet family by The Free Dictionary
comet family A distinct group of comets, the members of which have aphelion distances that coincide approximately with points on the orbit of a giant planet, in particular Jupiter. Associations with Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are now considered to be dynamically implausible. See Jupiter's comet family.
comet family[′käm·ət ‚fam·lē]
Those short-period comets whose aphelia correspond closely to Jupiter's orbit.
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This flags it as a member of Jupiter's comet family
. In fact, Jupiter's gravitational influence has herded about two-thirds of all short-period comets into orbits having aphelia near Jupiter's orbit.
The comet family
, which also includes 1999 N6 and, to date, 27 other comets, has been named the Kracht group.
He is currently lamenting the loss of his comet family