Stargazers pp 164-164 | Cite as

Shape and Frequency of Outbursts of P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

  • J. C. Merlin
  • D. Fayard
  • E. Gérard
Conference paper

Abstract

Observations made since the comet’s discovery (1927) were analyzed and reduced to remove observational bias. Comparison was made with possible mechanical effects on the nucleus (tidal forces, impacts). The observations appear to best fit an internal mechanism (exothermic chemical reactions) as proposed by Whipple.

Keywords

Dust 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Merlin
    • 1
  • D. Fayard
    • 1
  • E. Gérard
    • 1
  1. 1.Le CreusotFrance

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