|Discovered by||David Rabinowitz|
|Discovery date||1 May 1992|
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Aphelion||~75000 AU (epoch 1800)|
~3700 AU (epoch 2200)
|Perihelion||3.007 AU (q)|
|Orbital period||~78,000 years (Barycentric epoch 2200)|
|Last perihelion||6 September 1993|
C/1992 J1 (Spacewatch) is a comet that was discovered 1 May 1992 by David Rabinowitz of the Spacewatch Project. This was the first comet to be discovered using an automated system.
Using a generic heliocentric (two-body) solution calculated near the time of perihelion (closest approach to the Sun), it is estimated to have an aphelion (Q) (furthest distance from the Sun) of 154,202 AU (more than 2 Light-years). But 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. After leaving the planetary region of the Solar System, the post-perihelion orbital period is estimated to be about 78,000 years with aphelion around 3,650 AU. In 2007 it became more than 30 AU from the Sun.