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246P/NEAT
Classification: Jupiter-family Comet          SPK-ID: 1000486
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Orbit Diagram
Note: Make sure you have Java enabled on your browser to see the applet. This applet is provided as a 3D orbit visualization tool. The applet was implemented using 2-body methods, and hence should not be used for determining accurate long-term trajectories (over several years or decades) or planetary encounter circumstances. For accurate long-term ephemerides, please instead use our Horizons system.

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Orbit Viewer

Additional Notes: the orbits shown in the applet are color coded. The planets are white lines, and the asteroid/comet is a blue line. The bright white line indicates the portion of the orbit that is above the ecliptic plane, and the darker portion is below the ecliptic plane. Likewise for the asteroid/comet orbit, the light blue indicates the portion above the ecliptic plane, and the dark blue the portion below the ecliptic plane.

Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts), and further modified by Ron Baalke (JPL).


Orbital Elements at Epoch 2454691.5 (2008-Aug-13.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 160 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2863923426830297 4.4308e-08  
a 4.020359142845081 4.1779e-08 AU
q 2.868959069498541 1.7975e-07 AU
i 15.98579749524641 5.3171e-06 deg
node 78.82028946972409 2.8421e-05 deg
peri 176.4080952065337 3.7835e-05 deg
M 160.8757742659064 1.889e-05 deg
tp 2453375.718268216816
(2005-Jan-05.21826822)
0.00015217 JED
period 2944.392501626835
8.06
4.5896e-05
1.257e-07
d
yr
n .122266307838066 1.9059e-09 deg/d
Q 5.171759216191621 5.3744e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      2791  
   data-arc span      4280 days (11.72 yr)  
   first obs. used      2003-03-07  
   last obs. used      2014-11-24  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .61321  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Dec-07 16:13:32  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.85441 AU 
 T_jup = 2.913 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 5.1 mag 0.9 160 2 parameter fit from 716 observations, autocmod 2.6
comet total magnitude slope K1 16.   n/a 160 autocmod 2.6
comet nuclear magnitude M2 11.3 mag 0.6 160 from 1604 observations, autocmod 2.6
comet nuclear magnitude slope K2 5.   n/a 160 autocmod 2.6
comet nuclear phase coefficient PC 0.03   n/a 160 autocmod 2.6

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Alternate Designations
 Perihelion 
Year
(est.)
 New-Style 
Desig
Roman
 Numeral 
Year/
 Letter 
 2013.1   246P/2010 V2       
 2005.0   246P/2004 F3       
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