P/2008 Y12 (SOHO)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach18 Aug 201923.11.398 AU0.687 AU16h46m-33°12'109.2°43.1°94°
Perihelion9 Oct 2019-2.50.067 AU0.990 AU12h46m-03°56'3.9°95.6°307°
Today10 Aug 202035.94.051 AU3.518 AU16h41m-41°11'114.9°13.1°89°
P/2008 Y12 (SOHO)- 2020-08-10

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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 P/2008 Y12 (SOHO), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9780940
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.0674140
            i (inclination)                 : 23.67710
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 309.72500
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 144.45540
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 276.52721
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 13.50052
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458766.22530
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.40
            Epoch                           : 2019 May 14

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 1.984

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 (9.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 21.00 + 5 log[∆] + 20.00 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 1.00. (See Marcus 2007)

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.