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C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS)
Classification: Hyperbolic Comet          SPK-ID: 1003532
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Note: This Java-based orbit viewer will eventually be retired.

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 two-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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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 2458236.5 (2018-Apr-28.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 13 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e 1.000077507255064 8.6926e-07  
a -2689.369838746857 30.152 au
q .2084456740533362 8.8923e-07 au
i 99.03862155849272 4.4645e-05 deg
node 171.0426735355091 0.00015013 deg
peri 255.8923245739346 0.0001637 deg
M -.0007769933492503875 1.3067e-05 deg
tp 2458346.448427520487
(2018-Aug-15.94842752)
4.3482e-05 TDB
period n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
d
yr
n 7.066889147692523E-6 1.1885e-07 deg/d
Q n/a n/a au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      978  
   data-arc span      351 days  
   first obs. used      2017-08-17  
   last obs. used      2018-08-03  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   norm. resid. RMS      .60262  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Davide Farnocchia  
   solution date      2018-Dec-10 10:52:28  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .293667 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 3.839 au 
 T_jup = -0.089 
 Not valid before 2018-7-15 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
comet total magnitude M1 13.3   1. 13 from 268 observations, assumed slope, autocmod 2.6q
comet total magnitude slope K1 14.   n/a 13 autocmod 2.6q
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