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 651
data interval 2012 02 02 – 2012 08 27
data arc selection data generally limited to pre-perihelion (PRE)
range of heliocentric distances 3.41 au – 1.38au
type of model of motion NS - non-gravitational orbits for standard g(r)
data weighting YES
number of residuals 1288
RMS [arcseconds] 0.54
orbit quality class 2b
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] 89.49 ± 7.95
previous perihelion distance [au] 3.502 – 8.358 – 21.053
previous aphelion distance [103 au] 20 – 22.3 – 25.2
time interval to previous perihelion [Myr] 0.987 – 1.178 – 1.4
percentage of VCs with q < 1060
percentage of VCs with 10 < q < 2028
percentage of VCs with q > 2012
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