ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion30 Jan 202315.81.236 AU0.339 AU12h17m+25°14'131.5°36.7°272°
Nearest approach1 Feb 202315.81.236 AU0.338 AU12h25m+25°50'131.6°36.6°270°
Today24 Apr 202425.83.791 AU3.577 AU20h08m-19°58'94.5°15.3°258°
263P/Gibbs- 2024-04-24

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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 263P/Gibbs are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.5937060
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.2357020
            i (Inclination)                 : 11.52410
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 105.50150
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 35.03180
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 139.98678
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 6.58517
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459975.12050
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.30

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 23
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-O39

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.916

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 (17.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 17.23 + 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.