Orbit Algorithms


I am currently in desperate need of a good algorithm to simulate the orbit of a comet. I know this is quite difficult and I have put forth many hours of researech in to the matter, but have come up with a spiralling orbit program and an ever-largening orbit program.

Given the velocity, position mass, acceleration, size and everything about the comet at a given time, it should be able to calculate the trajectory, very roughly of course, but close enough so that it looks real. Given the maximum and minimum distances, the orbit can be done, but without those, I am quite lost.

If anybody could kindly tell me how to go about doing this or where I could find someone or somewhere that does, I would be very greatful.

Thank you very much,

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