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C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)
Classification: Hyperbolic Comet          SPK-ID: 1003228
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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 2456572.5 (2013-Oct-07.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 67 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e 1.000637623065637 2.5719e-06  
a -2193.737676889376 8.8459 AU
q 1.398777742741776 3.0653e-06 AU
i 129.0273669898213 1.9686e-05 deg
node 300.9764182464359 4.6868e-05 deg
peri 2.441466623134332 0.00014588 deg
M -.003677329185539376 2.2241e-05 deg
tp 2456955.858834490513
0.00026759 JED
period n/a
n 9.592394526205654E-6 5.802e-08 deg/d
Q n/a n/a AU

Additional Model Parameters
 Parameter Value Uncertainty (1-sigma) 
A1 [EST] 1.E-8 3.372E-9
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      367  
   data-arc span      694 days (1.90 yr)  
   first obs. used      2012-10-04  
   last obs. used      2014-08-29  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   fit RMS      .29089  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Davide Farnocchia  
   solution date      2014-Sep-12 14:22:45  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .382601 AU 
 T_jup = -0.919 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 8.5 mag 0.5 67 2 parameter fit from 182 observations, autocmod 2.6
comet total magnitude slope K1 7.   n/a 67 autocmod 2.6

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Close-Approach Data   ...sorted by Date/Time (TDB)
Date/Time (TDB) Time Uncertainty
Body Nominal Distance (AU) Minimum Distance (AU) Maximum Distance (AU) V-relative (km/s) V-infinity (km/s) JD (TDB) Time Uncertainty (minutes) Semi-major axis (km) Semi-minor axis (km) range-LOV angle (deg) N-sigma BP Orbit Ref. Reference Modified
2014-Oct-19 18:28 < 00:01 Mars 0.000927555858868514 0.000916730351444305 0.000938465527164993 55.9637232067541 55.9582077572206 2456950.269785729 0.24835067700912 721.891931139447 217.102332274202 -44.1247905834497 448.992110125059 T 67 CATAB v2.0c-linF95 2014-Sep-12 14:32:01 2014-Sep-12 14:32
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