66P/du Toit
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach17 May 201811.11.291 AU0.896 AU23h02m-35°09'84.9°51.3°242°
Perihelion19 May 201811.11.290 AU0.896 AU23h07m-34°46'84.9°51.3°242°
Today19 Jul 201929.74.487 AU4.920 AU03h33m+26°34'59.3°11.2°260°
66P/du Toit - 2019-07-19

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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 66P/du Toit, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.7869550
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.29037
            i (inclination)                 : 18.67220
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 21.89480
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 257.23340
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 98.44404
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -18.19419
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458257.68580
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 14.91

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family

The lightcurve 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. Two lightcurves are shown: The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (12.00 + 5 log[∆] + 9.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.32 + 5 log[∆] + 27.57 log[r]).

The all-sky chart below shows the path of of the comet over the same period as the lightcurve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.