Bennett, Comet

Comet Bennett

Comet Bennett (C/1969 Y1) is a long-period comet discovered on 28 December 1969, by the South African amateur astronomer John ("Jack") Bennett (1914–1990). Having reached perihelion on 20 March 1970, it put on a spectacular show throughout April 1970, reaching zero magnitude with a tail up to 30° long. Observations made with the fifth Orbiting Geophysical Observatory showed the head of the comet to be surrounded by a vast hydrogen cloud, spanning some 13 million kilometers in the direction parallel with the tail.


perihelion 0.54 AU
eccentricity 0.996
inclination 90.0°
period about 1,700 years