C/2012 S1 (ISON)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion1 Dec 2013-9.30.013 AU0.996 AU16h32m-22°08'0.5°39.8°126°
Nearest approach28 Dec 20137.60.986 AU0.426 AU16h59m+51°55'77.8°77.2°339°
Today22 Apr 202431.228.035 AU28.303 AU07h15m+37°22'73.5°2.0°93°
C/2012 S1 (ISON)- 2024-04-22

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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/2012 S1 (ISON) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0002330
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.0132770
            i (Inclination)                 : 63.89100
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 295.10960
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 345.92900
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 288.81511
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -12.61010
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2456628.07350

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 11
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-H30

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; New (a > 10000 AU); Sungrazer

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 based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from an MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (9.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 0.30. (See Marcus 2007)

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.