C/2006 K3 McNaught
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Comet C/2006 K3 was discovered on 22 May 2006 by Robert H. McNaught (Siding Spring Survey), that is about almost 10 months before its perihelion passage. It was observed until 26 January 2008.
Comet had its closest approach to the Earth on 26 December 2006 (2.416 au), about 2.5 months before its perihelion passage.
Solutions given here are based on data spanning over 1.68 yr in a range of heliocentric distances: 3.95 au – 2.501 au (perihelion) – 4.13 au.
This Oort spike comet suffers small planetary perturbations during its passage through the planetary system; however, these perturbations lead to escape the comet from the planetary zone on a hyperbolic orbit (see future barycentric orbits).
See also Królikowska and Dybczyński 2013 and Królikowska 2020.

solution description
number of observations 206
data interval 2006 05 22 – 2008 01 26
data type significantly more measurements before perihelion (PRE+)
data arc selection entire data set (STD)
range of heliocentric distances 3.95 au – 2.50 au (perihelion) – 4.13 au
type of model of motion NS - non-gravitational orbits for standard g(r)
data weighting YES
number of residuals 402
RMS [arcseconds] 0.54
orbit quality class 1a
previous orbit elements (barycentric ecliptic J2000)
no. of returning VCs in the swarm 5001 *
no. of escaping VCs in the swarm 0
no. of hyperbolas among escaping VCs in the swarm 0
previous recip semi-major axis [10-6 au-1] 60.86 ± 4.70
previous perihelion distance [au] 7.719 – 8.177 – 9.359
previous aphelion distance [103 au] 29.9 – 32.8 – 36.5
time interval to previous perihelion [Myr] 1.825 – 2.102 – 2.45
percentage of VCs with q < 1094
percentage of VCs with 10 < q < 206
dynamical status most probably dynamically old (DO )
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