ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach4 Mar 20130.80.325 AU1.093 AU23h58m-16°11'17.1°63.5°124°
Perihelion8 Mar 20130.50.300 AU1.103 AU00h18m-05°33'15.3°61.0°93°
Today15 Jan 201924.417.958 AU18.409 AU16h36m+18°11'61.3°2.8°308°
C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) - 2019-01-15

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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 C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9998980
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.29985
            i (inclination)                 : 83.84580
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 66.03790
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 333.55890
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 62.98619
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -26.27701
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2456360.40540
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

The lightcurve 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 lightcurve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as provided the minor planet center (5.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]).

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