ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion16 Sep 201817.32.352 AU2.511 AU07h06m+29°32'69.3°23.6°279°
Nearest approach11 Jan 201916.72.514 AU1.545 AU08h20m+23°41'167.6°4.8°264°
Today22 May 202225.56.371 AU5.374 AU16h00m-31°10'169.2°1.7°356°
59P/Kearns-Kwee- 2022-05-22

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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 59P/Kearns-Kwee are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4756210
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.3517850
            i (inclination)                 : 9.34200
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 312.81770
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 127.50380
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 260.69161
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 7.39888
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458378.27730
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 9.50

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 22
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-F20

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.772

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 (7.00 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 9.75 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 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.