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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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.