ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today7 Jun 202319.62.451 AU3.015 AU01h52m+08°02'47.8°17.9°246°
Perihelion25 Dec 20237.21.265 AU0.531 AU11h10m+14°20'109.6°47.1°290°
Nearest approach29 Jan 20247.71.334 AU0.498 AU12h30m+10°16'125.0°37.2°285°
62P/Tsuchinshan- 2023-06-07

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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 62P/Tsuchinshan are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.6248280
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.2645430
            i (Inclination)                 : 4.73830
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 68.70130
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 47.27000
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 115.87352
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 3.47873
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460303.74900
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.19

            Epoch                           : 2023 Jun 07
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-J29

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.796

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 light curve is estimated based on previous apparitions. (5.50 + 5 log[∆] + 30.00 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.

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.