The diagrams above illustrate the comet's approximate orbit for
the epoch of the comet's orbit (which is generally close to the
time of perihelion). Yellow/blue colors indicate where the comet's orbital plane is
above/below the plane of the ecliptic, respectively. The solid colored
arcs show the orbits of the planets Mercury through Neptune. The grey
line shows the line of apsides connecting the perihelion and aphelion
points along the major axis of the comet's orbit.
The top diagram shows the comet and the major planets more from
the side, not far above the plane of the ecliptic; the second diagram
shows the view of the orbits closer to 90 degrees from the ecliptic
(i.e., looking down onto the ecliptic from a nearly perpendicular
view high above the plane of the ecliptic).
The white dots indicate the approximate positions of the comet and
planets (not to scale) for 2017 Oct. 10 and are presented for
illustrative purposes only.