2P/Encke
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today14 Nov 201918.52.922 AU2.396 AU22h51m+00°03'112.6°18.2°70°
Perihelion25 Jun 20206.70.337 AU1.192 AU07h23m+21°39'15.0°51.5°100°
Nearest approach29 Jul 20209.70.862 AU0.622 AU11h48m-14°52'57.7°84.7°124°
2P/Encke- 2019-11-14
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The interactive orbit chart above shows the comet's path through the solar system and its position at the given date. Green and blue lines are shown perpendicular to the ecliptic plane: Green if the path is above the ecliptic plane, blue if it is below. (Left-click and drag to rotate the view; Right-click and drag to move the view; Use scroll wheel to zoom in our out.)

The orbital elements of 2P/Encke, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.8479976
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.3367207
            i (inclination)                 : 11.76457
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 334.55167
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 186.56245
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 340.97743
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.33522
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459026.34523
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 3.30
            Epoch                           : 2020 Jul 10

            Family/Group:                   : Encke family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 3.026
        

The light curve chart below shows the estimated development of the comet's magnitude. Blue and black dots are visual and photometric CCD observations respectively from COBS or the MPC. Two light curves are shown: The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (11.50 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 11.48 + 5 log[∆] + 10.97 log[r]).


The all-sky chart below shows the path of the comet over the same period as the light curve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.





The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.