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# If comet Halley's major axis was scaled down to 15 cm how far apart would the foci be?

Updated: 10/18/2022

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They would be roughly 14.49 cm apart, given a major axis of 35.6 AU, and perihelion of about .58720 AU. I am assuming that distances from the foci at perihelion and aphelion will be equal or very close to equal. The major axis minus twice the distance at perihelion gives a distance of about 34.426 AU between foci. 35.6 AU is to 15 cm as 34.4 AU is to x cm. This gives about 14.49 cm as the proportional distance between foci with the major axis scaled down to 15 cm.

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