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P/2011 W1 (PANSTARRS)
Classification: Jupiter-family Comet          SPK-ID: 1003159
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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 2455933.5 (2012-Jan-07.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 16 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2886554042799238 1.0735e-05  
a 4.656060412321526 9.8267e-05 AU
q 3.312063411651107 2.5475e-05 AU
i 3.718611448948112 2.439e-05 deg
node 161.8839134592057 0.0014436 deg
peri 282.4726677226644 0.0032707 deg
M 358.4755704083424 0.0014454 deg
tp 2455949.039291248156
(2012-Jan-22.53929125)
0.015127 JED
period 3669.664299322249
10.05
0.11617
0.0003181
d
yr
n .0981016165610812 3.1057e-06 deg/d
Q 6.000057412991946 0.00012663 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      171  
   data-arc span      444 days (1.22 yr)  
   first obs. used      2011-11-23  
   last obs. used      2013-02-09  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      3  
   fit RMS      .60971  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-13 19:44:50  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 2.33073 AU 
 T_jup = 2.925 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 6.2 mag 0.7 16 from 81 observations, assumed slope, autocmod 2.5c
comet total magnitude slope K1 21.   n/a 16 autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear magnitude M2 14.4 mag 0.7 16 from 63 observations, autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear magnitude slope K2 5.   n/a 16 autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear phase coefficient PC 0.03   n/a 16 autocmod 2.5c

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