comet family

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]
(astronomy)
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.