ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion14 Dec 202116.43.938 AU3.029 AU06h28m+01°50'154.2°6.2°327°
Nearest approach28 Dec 202116.33.939 AU3.002 AU06h19m+02°57'159.6°5.0°
Today1 Jun 202318.84.900 AU5.087 AU10h06m+29°39'73.7°11.5°106°
402P/LINEAR- 2023-06-01

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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 402P/LINEAR are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.4396060
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 3.9382290
            i (Inclination)                 : 30.84060
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 123.08770
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 326.77830
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 93.73802
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -16.31223
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459563.41320
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 18.63

            Epoch                           : 2023 May 31
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-KD6

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.533

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 (8.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 5.64 + 5 log[∆] + 13.96 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.

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.

The following chart shows the current location of the comet in a smaller, upside-down telescopic field of view.