ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase
Perihelion15 Mar 201611.10.997 AU0.053 AU06h09m-61°23'91.7°85.3°
Nearest approach21 Mar 201610.41.001 AU0.037 AU16h34m-73°53'96.2°81.7°
Today21 Apr 201828.24.936 AU5.676 AU23h23m+00°29'39.0°7.4°
252P/LINEAR - 2018-04-21

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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 252P/LINEAR, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.672729
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.997403
            i (inclination)                 : 10.4209
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 190.9483
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 343.3472
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 174.5553
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -2.9712
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2457462.6595
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.32

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family

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 provided the minor planet center (17.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 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.