short-period comet

noun (1)

Definition of short-period comet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of numerous periodic comets whose times of revolution around the sun range from 3.3 years (as for Encke's comet) to a few dozen years

short-period variable

noun (2)

Definition of short-period variable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a variable star whose regular cycle of light fluctuations has a length of a few hours, days, or weeks

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