C/2012 S1 (ISON)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion28 Nov 2013-10.20.012 AU0.996 AU16h21m-21°43'0.5°42.1°127°
Nearest approach27 Dec 20137.11.007 AU0.434 AU16h21m+52°41'80.5°74.3°332°
Today15 Aug 202028.720.817 AU21.621 AU07h32m+36°47'36.6°1.7°300°
C/2012 S1 (ISON)- 2020-08-15

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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/2012 S1 (ISON), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0002550
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.0124730
            i (inclination)                 : 64.74010
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 294.82150
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 345.95600
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 288.72867
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -12.67752
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2456625.48830
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2019 May 14

            Family/Group:                   : 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 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 (8.50 + 5 log[∆] + 8.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.89 + 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 1.00. (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.