I am looking to plot the points that the head of the comet traverses through in the comet plot so that I can get a sense for the density of the points on the comet plot. Can someone please suggest how I can modify comet3 to realize it.
According to the doc:
"comet3(X,Y,Z) displays an animated comet plot of the curve through the points [X(i),Y(i),Z(i)]."
Is that what you were looking for?
t = -pi:pi/500:pi; comet3(sin(5*t),cos(3*t),t) figure plot3(sin(5*t),cos(3*t),t,'*')
comet works by setting the line's 'EraseMode' to 'none' so that the line draws, but does not erase even though the xdata and ydata are no longer stored.
To store the x and y data you need to make a copy of comet that does this.
But you're in luck! I wrote a version to do just this; it's available here: Solution 1-J7IQJJ