ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion5 Feb 201912.92.133 AU1.256 AU11h40m+30°33'143.8°15.8°255°
Nearest approach27 Feb 201912.92.140 AU1.204 AU11h27m+31°47'154.1°11.6°208°
Today22 Sep 202025.44.235 AU4.252 AU17h21m-34°53'82.2°13.6°95°
123P/West-Hartley- 2020-09-22

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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 123P/West-Hartley, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4485520
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.1325110
            i (inclination)                 : 15.32740
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 46.40960
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 103.39420
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : -29.72097
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 14.90068
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458520.12190
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 7.60
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 22

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.832

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 (4.00 + 5 log[∆] + 25.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 1.62 + 5 log[∆] + 32.94 log[r]).