Posted by Reese on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12:07pm.
Halley’s comet orbits the Sun with a period of 76.2 years.
a) Find the semimajor axis of the orbit of Halley’s comet in astronomical units (1 AU is equal to the semimajor axis of the Earth’s orbit
Physics  drwls, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8:51am
There is a simple form of Kepler's Third law for objects orbiting the sun.
If the period P is in years and the semimajor axis a is in a.u.,
P^2 = a^3
You know that P = 76.2 yr
Solve for a
Thanks a lot, I'm confused with part b as well...
If Halley’s comet is 0.56 AU from the Sun at perihelion, what is the maximum distance from the Sun, and what is the eccentricity of its orbit?

Physics  Anonymous, Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 9:55pm
.59 AU
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