ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today15 Jul 202425.86.367 AU5.400 AU18h21m-29°44'160.4°3.1°70°
Nearest approach11 Nov 202717.12.531 AU1.576 AU01h51m+27°39'160.6°7.5°119°
Perihelion15 Mar 202817.72.344 AU2.610 AU03h37m+26°13'63.6°22.3°73°
59P/Kearns-Kwee- 2024-07-15

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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)                : 0.4768860
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.3438860
            i (Inclination)                 : 9.35160
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 312.74280
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 127.60990
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 260.72393
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 7.39586
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2461845.76630
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 9.48

            Epoch                           : 2024 Jul 14
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-A50

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.771

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 10.08 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]).