162P/Siding Spring
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach27 Oct 202015.31.373 AU0.875 AU21h21m-42°18'94.4°46.2°68°
Perihelion7 Dec 202015.21.289 AU0.959 AU22h45m-09°49'83.0°49.3°68°
Today22 May 202223.24.099 AU3.728 AU11h36m+20°19'104.4°13.8°119°
162P/Siding Spring- 2022-05-22

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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 162P/Siding Spring are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.5830820
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.2890170
            i (inclination)                 : 27.55950
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 30.89360
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 357.16680
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 28.38144
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.31042
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459191.41300
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.44

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 22
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-K19

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.793

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 (12.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 14.20 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]).

The all-sky chart below shows the path of the comet over the same period as the light curve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.