ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach2 Feb 202317.02.346 AU1.377 AU08h29m+28°06'166.3°5.7°143°
Perihelion21 May 202317.82.227 AU2.216 AU09h24m+21°43'77.4°26.3°107°
Today16 Apr 202419.63.057 AU2.485 AU18h05m-23°51'115.6°17.2°270°
94P/Russell- 2024-04-16

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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 94P/Russell are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.3656880
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.2267990
            i (Inclination)                 : 6.18790
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 70.85190
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 92.40160
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : -16.73244
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 6.18244
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460085.54430
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.58

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 16
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-F91

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Active asteroid
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 3.002

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 (9.00 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 12.10 + 5 log[∆] + 11.41 log[r]).