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P/2012 C3 (PANSTARRS)
Classification: Jupiter-family Comet          SPK-ID: 1003174
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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 2455974.5 (2012-Feb-17.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 6 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .6264431501747753 0.00096394  
a 9.703893041779768 0.026203 AU
q 3.624955715728168 0.00080851 AU
i 9.188732173058971 0.019827 deg
node 135.4404837242178 0.014522 deg
peri 344.8745701250185 0.33107 deg
M 4.38410518670893 0.042392 deg
tp 2455840.039137371197
(2011-Oct-05.53913737)
1.8432 JED
period 11041.22927823877
30.23
44.721
0.1224
d
yr
n .03260506515425111 0.00013206 deg/d
Q 15.78283036783137 0.042617 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      20  
   data-arc span      58 days  
   first obs. used      2012-01-26  
   last obs. used      2012-03-24  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      6  
   fit RMS      .36446  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-13 19:44:52  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 2.64209 AU 
 T_jup = 2.638 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 13.5 mag 0.6 6 from 17 observations, assumed slope, autocmod 2.5c
comet total magnitude slope K1 10.   n/a 6 autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear magnitude M2 15.9 mag 0.4 6 from 3 observations, autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear magnitude slope K2 5.   n/a 6 autocmod 2.5c
comet nuclear phase coefficient PC 0.03   n/a 6 autocmod 2.5c

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 2011.8   P/2012 C3       
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