C/2001 Q4 NEAT
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Comet C/2001 Q4 was discovered on 24 August 2001 by Near-Earth-Asteroid Tracking Team (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), that is about 2.8 yr before its perihelion passage. It was observed until 18 August 2004.
Comet had its closest approach to the Earth on 6 May 2004 (0.321 au), ten days before its perihelion passage.
C/2001 Q4 is a comet with non-gravitational effects strongly manifested in positional data fitting. Preferred orbital solution given here is based on data spanning over 4.98 yr in a range of heliocentric distances from 10.11 au to 8.82 au; however data taken around perihelion passage are excluded (see figure).
This Oort spike comet suffers rather large planetary perturbations during its passage through the planetary system; these perturbations lead to escape the comet from the planetary zone on a hyperbolic orbit (see future barycentric orbits).
More details in Królikowska, Dybczyński and Sitarski and Królikowska 2020.

solution description
number of observations 1515
data interval 2001 08 24 – 2006 08 18
data arc selection only data taken in large heliocentric distance (DIS)
range of heliocentric distances 10.11 au – 0.96 au (perihelion) – 8.82 au
type of model of motion NS - non-gravitational orbits for standard g(r)
data weighting YES
number of residuals 3012
RMS [arcseconds] 0.52
orbit quality class 1a+
orbital elements (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
Epoch 2001 07 30
perihelion date 2004 05 16.06603364 ± 0.00005746
perihelion distance [au] 0.96137487 ± 0.00000086
eccentricity 1.00057161 ± 0.00000094
argument of perihelion [°] 1.212369 ± 0.000069
ascending node [°] 210.199931 ± 0.000015
inclination [°] 99.563785 ± 0.000015
recip semi-major axis [10-6 au-1] -594.58 ± 0.97
Upper panel: Time distribution of positional observations with corresponding heliocentric (red curve) and geocentric (green curve) distance at which they were taken. The horizontal dotted line shows the perihelion distance for a given comet whereas vertical dotted line - the moment of perihelion passage.
Lower panel (panels): O-C diagram for this(two) solution (solutions) given in this database, where residuals in right ascension are shown using magenta dots and in declination by blue open circles.
non-gravitational parameters
A1 [10-8au\day-2] 1.2132 ± 0.0267
A2 [10-8au\day-2] 0.03323 ± 0.007206
A3 [10-8au\day-2] 0.17907 ± 0.0092
m -2.15
n 5.093
k -4.6142
r0 [au] 2.808
α 0.1113