ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach24 Sep 202310.10.755 AU0.900 AU09h22m+25°20'46.4°74.0°297°
Perihelion22 Oct 20237.30.340 AU1.250 AU13h02m-07°01'11.5°35.9°291°
Today24 Apr 202418.12.628 AU2.988 AU22h32m-12°38'59.7°19.3°246°
2P/Encke- 2024-04-24

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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 are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.8469460
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.3395550
            i (Inclination)                 : 11.33750
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 334.01690
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 187.28640
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 341.16260
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.42871
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460240.02800
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 3.30

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 23
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-EF7

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Encke type
            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. The light curve is estimated based on previous apparitions. (11.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 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.