Volume 598, February 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||07 February 2017|
Investigation into the relationship between comet 96P/Machholz 1 and asteroid 2003 EH1
1 Institute of Astrophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, 734042 Dushanbe, Tajikistan
2 School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, UK
Received: 26 May 2016
Accepted: 25 November 2016
The evolution of the nominal orbits of comet 96/Machholz 1 and the near-Earth asteroid (196256) 2003 EH1 under the effects of gravitational perturbations from the major planets was investigated over a time interval of 28 000 yr. Several criteria for measuring the differences in orbits were used to determine when the orbits were most similar to each other and this was found to be approximately 9500 ago. This supports the hypothesis that the comet 96P/Machholz 1, the near-Earth asteroid (196256) 2003 EH1, and the Quadrantid meteoroid stream form a complex of related objects.
Key words: comets: individual: 96P/Machholz 1 / minor planets, asteroids: individual: 2003EH1 / meteorites, meteors, meteoroids
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