C/2011 J2 LINEAR
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Comet C/2011 J2 was discovered on 4 May 2011 by LINEAR, that is about 2.6 yr before its perihelion passage. Next, it was found on earlier images taken on 10 and 25 March 2011 with the Catalina Sky Survey. More than seven months after perihelion passage (in August 2014), splitting event was observed. In 2016, Manzini et al., investigated the motion of fragment B over the observation period and they showed that the first breakout event likely occurred between 12 July and 30 July 2014. Therefore, solutions given here are based on data-arc including measurements taken well before this fragmentation event. The comet was observed until 15 September 2017.
Comet had its closest approach to the Earth (3.02 au) a few days before perihelion passage.
Solutions given here was based on data spanning over 3.3 yr in a range of heliocentric distances: 8.97 au – 3.44 au (perihelion) – 3.84 au.
This Oort spike comet suffers tiny planetary perturbations during its passage through the planetary system. The future orbit is uncertain due to splitting event.

solution description
number of observations 3369
data interval 2011 03 10 – 2014 06 28
data arc selection data generally limited to pre-perihelion (PRE)
range of heliocentric distances 8.97 au – 3.44 au (perihelion) – 3.84 au
type of model of motion NC - non-gravitational orbits for symmetric CO-g(r)-like function
data weighting YES
number of residuals 6687
RMS [arcseconds] 0.35
orbit quality class 1a+
orbital elements (barycentric ecliptic J2000)
Epoch 1711 01 12
perihelion date 2013 12 24.97125649 ± 0.00042517
perihelion distance [au] 3.43660137 ± 0.00000382
eccentricity 0.99983181 ± 0.00000220
argument of perihelion [°] 85.395137 ± 0.000093
ascending node [°] 163.949413 ± 0.000004
inclination [°] 122.811022 ± 0.000013
reciprocal semi-major axis [10-6 au-1] 48.94 ± 0.64
file containing 5001 VCs swarm
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.
Six 2D-projections of the 6D space of original swarm including 5001 VCs. Each density map is given in logarithmic scale presented on the right in the individual panel.