ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach5 Nov 202314.11.837 AU1.211 AU00h58m-47°26'112.7°29.9°27°
Perihelion27 Dec 202314.31.774 AU1.465 AU00h45m-12°22'90.6°33.7°66°
Today22 Apr 202416.42.072 AU2.796 AU03h54m+38°00'36.2°16.6°52°
226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski- 2024-04-22

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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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.5291950
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.7736430
            i (Inclination)                 : 44.04590
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 54.01210
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 341.04730
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 40.14675
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -13.05013
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460305.68290
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 7.31

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-H50

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.419

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 (12.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 11.01 + 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.