|Discovered by||Syogo Utsunomiya|
Albert F. A. L. Jones
|Discovery date||November 18, 2000|
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Epoch||December 10, 2000|
|Aphelion||~1660 AU (Q)|
|Perihelion||0.32118 AU (q)|
|Semi-major axis||~832 AU (a)|
|Orbital period||~24,000 yr|
|Max. orbital speed||74.3 km/s (166,000 mph)|
|Last perihelion||December 26, 2000|
The comet has an observation arc of 58 days allowing a reasonable estimate of the orbit. But the near-parabolic trajectory with an osculating perihelion eccentricity of 0.9999996 generates an extreme unperturbed aphelion distance of 2,034,048 AU (32 light-years). The orbit of a long-period comet is properly obtained when the osculating orbit is computed at an epoch after leaving the planetary region and is calculated with respect to the center of mass of the solar system. Using JPL Horizons, the barycentric orbital elements for epoch 2020-Jan-01 generate a semi-major axis of 832 AU, an aphelion distance of 1660 AU, and a period of approximately 24,000 years.
C/2000 W1 disappeared in February 2001.