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Comets P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) & 252P/LINEAR

Note: Chrome no longer supports Java applets, so you'll need to use a browser such a Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to run the orbit applet. Also, make sure you have Java installed and enabled on your web browser to view the applet. This applet is provided as a 3D orbit visualization tool.


1 AU = 1 Astronomical Unit = 149,597,871 kilometers

This 3D interactive program that shows the orbits of two comets: P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) & 252P/LINEAR These two comets will pass safely by the Earth in March 2016. Their orbits are so similar that may have fragmented from each other in the past.

Custom Orbit Viewer applet provided by Ron Baalke (JPL).

See related story here.

Animation showing the two comet flybys

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