244P/Scotti (0244P)

Type: Periodic Perihelion date: 16 November 2022 Perihelion distance (q): 3.9 Aphelion distance (Q) : 5.9 Period (years): 10.8 Eccentricity (e): 0.20 Inclination (i): 2.3 JPL orbit diagram COBS lightcurve 244P/Scotti = 2000 Y3 = 2010 Q1 J. V. Scotti, Lunary and Planetary Laboratory, discovered a 19th magnitude comet with the 0.9-m Spacewatch telescope on 30 December 2000. The comet had a coma diameter of 7" and a 0'.93 tail in p.a. 269 degrees. Additional astrometry, including prediscovery observations by LINEAR on 29 November and 21 December identified by B. G. Marsden indicated an approach to within 0.05 AU of Jupiter in September 1998. Jim Scotti recovered comet 2000 Y3 (P/Scotti) as an essentially stellar object on images obtained on 19 August 2000 with the 0.9-m Spacewatch reflector at Kitt Peak. Observations (VEMag = visual equivalent magnitude) Date 10x10 mag Error VEmag Coma ' 22-Jan-13 17.65 0.05 17.2 0.2 02-Feb-13 17.77 0.08 17.3 0.1 14-Feb-13 17.27 0.06 16.8 0.3 11-Apr-13 18.41 0.06 17.8 0.2 25-Apr-13 18.02 0.12 15.0 0.2 25-Feb-14 19.85 0.18 19.6 0.6