Intrinsic Distributions of Cometary Perihelia and Magnitudes

  title={Intrinsic Distributions of Cometary Perihelia and Magnitudes},
  author={Edgar Everhart},
Distrihutions of perihelia q and of absolute magnitude Ho are formed for a group of 256 long-period c?mets. These are considered to be representative of a much larger group of comets, many of which were not dis~overed because of unfavorable position or faintness. From the statistics of comet discovery conditions a discovery probability function is derived, which depends on q and H 0 but is otherwise averaged over orbital el.em~nts: Using this it is possible to unfold the measured distributions… CONTINUE READING


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