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Astron. Astrophys. 351, 752-758 (1999)

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Comets 14P/Wolf and D/1892 T1 as parent bodies of a common, [FORMULA]-Capricornids related, meteor stream

L. Nesluan

Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 059 60 Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia (ne@ta3.sk)

Received 3 February 1999 / Accepted 7 September 1999


Studying the dynamics of meteor streams associated with comets 14P/Wolf (in the orbit known before a large disturbance by Jupiter in 1922) and D/1892 T1 on the basis of gravitational action exclusively, it is possible to demonstrate that the detectable part of the stream of 14P/Wolf has been split into two rather different strands by planetary disturbances. The first of these strands is overlapped by the detectable part of stream of D/1892 T1, whilst the second strand coincides with the [FORMULA]Capricornids meteor stream. The result is drawn comparing theoretical (modelled) orbits of the streams of both comets with the orbits of actual meteors, observed photographically, which are contained in the catalogue of the IAU Meteor Data Center in Lund.

Key words: meteors, meteoroids – comets: general

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