C/2012 CH17 MOSS
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Comet C/2012 CH17 was discovered on 7 February 2012 with Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey (MOSS), that is almost 7.5 months before its perihelion passage. Next, a few prediscovery images taken on 2 February 2012 with Catalina Sky Survey were found. After perihelion passage, it was observed only on 10 June 2013.
Comet had its closest approach to the Earth on 24 September 2012 (1.737 au), 4 days before its perihelion passage.
Solution given here is based on data spanning over 1.35 yr in a range of heliocentric distances: 3.41 au – 1.296 au (perihelion) – 3.58 au.
According to preferred solution, this Oort spike comet suffers tiny planetary perturbations during its passage through the planetary system (see original and future barycentric orbits).
See also Królikowska 2020.

solution description
number of observations 653
data interval 2012 02 02 – 2013 06 10
data type significantly more measurements before perihelion (PRE+)
data arc selection entire data set (STD)
range of heliocentric distances 3.41 au – 1.30 au (perihelion) – 3.58 au
detectability of NG effects in the comet's motion comet with determinable NG~orbit
type of model of motion GR - gravitational orbit
data weighting YES
number of residuals 1291
RMS [arcseconds] 0.56
orbit quality class 1a
orbital elements (barycentric ecliptic J2000)
Epoch 1713 02 10
perihelion date 2012 09 28.66363784 ± 0.00051916
perihelion distance [au] 1.29647147 ± 0.00000237
eccentricity 0.99989599 ± 0.00000470
argument of perihelion [°] 137.998808 ± 0.000064
ascending node [°] 126.010702 ± 0.000066
inclination [°] 27.725234 ± 0.000036
recip semi-major axis [10-6 au-1] 80.22 ± 3.62
file containing 5001 VCs swarm
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.
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.