C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion22 Feb 20148.21.601 AU2.020 AU19h00m+01°36'51.3°28.8°285°
Nearest approach26 Jun 20149.02.283 AU1.546 AU22h30m-30°16'124.7°21.5°261°
Today15 Sep 201921.616.006 AU15.469 AU03h15m-30°03'120.6°3.1°286°
C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) - 2019-09-15

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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 C/2012 X1 (LINEAR), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9903660
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.60108
            i (inclination)                 : 44.35920
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 112.91000
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 132.32350
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 74.77470
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 31.12610
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2456710.69250
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 2142.44

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

The lightcurve 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 lightcurve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (4.80 + 5 log[∆] + 9.00 log[r]).

The all-sky chart below shows the path of of the comet over the same period as the lightcurve. 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.