ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach3 Nov 202014.81.412 AU0.494 AU23h52m+21°30'141.3°26.1°93°
Perihelion26 Nov 202014.91.389 AU0.533 AU00h40m+12°47'129.6°33.2°73°
Today16 Apr 202119.52.015 AU2.076 AU06h33m+10°08'72.4°28.4°98°
11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR- 2021-04-16

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The interactive orbit chart above shows the comet's path through the solar system and its position at the given date. Green and blue lines are shown perpendicular to the ecliptic plane: Green if the path is above the ecliptic plane, blue if it is below. (Left-click and drag to rotate the view; Right-click and drag to move the view; Use scroll wheel to zoom in our out.)

The orbital elements of 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.5769530
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.3887680
            i (inclination)                 : 14.42090
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 238.91680
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 167.94350
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 227.22956
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 2.98183
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459179.75810
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.95

            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 28
            Reference                       : MPEC 2020-SI8

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.842

The light curve chart below shows the estimated development of the comet's magnitude. Blue and black dots are visual and photometric CCD observations respectively from COBS or the MPC. The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (17.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 14.82 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]).