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C/2006 P1 (McNaught)
Classification: Hyperbolic Comet          SPK-ID: 1002410
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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.

Note: If the applet has stopped working because of a recent Java upgrade, here is a possible workaround.
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 2454064.5 (2006-Nov-25.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 25 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e 1.000019068501381 9.955e-07  
a -8953.846942964639 467.48 au
q .1707364427972129 7.1844e-07 au
i 77.83699331528216 7.3756e-05 deg
node 267.4147914157445 4.4807e-05 deg
peri 155.974955723039 2.3859e-05 deg
M -5.676742521254185E-5 4.4458e-06 deg
tp 2454113.298853878393
6.1534e-05 JED
period n/a
n 1.163294231335977E-6 9.1104e-08 deg/d
Q n/a n/a au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      328  
   data-arc span      338 days  
   first obs. used      2006-08-07  
   last obs. used      2007-07-11  
   planetary ephem.      DE405  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB405-CPV-2  
   fit RMS      .52462  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Nick Mastrodemos  
   solution date      2007-Jul-18 16:15:48  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .409406 au 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 9.5 mag 1. 25 from 92 observations, assumed slope, autocmod 2.4
comet total magnitude slope K1 10.   n/a 25 autocmod 2.4
comet nuclear magnitude M2 12.9 mag 1. 25 from 169 observations, autocmod 2.4
comet nuclear magnitude slope K2 5.   n/a 25 autocmod 2.4
comet nuclear phase coefficient PC 0.03   n/a 25 autocmod 2.4
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