C/2012 V2 (LINEAR)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion11 Aug 201312.41.468 AU2.254 AU07h38m-00°12'30.1°20.3°238°
Nearest approach15 Sep 201312.51.552 AU2.120 AU09h11m-23°20'43.4°26.4°238°
Today18 Jan 202128.619.953 AU20.778 AU17h43m-17°49'32.2°1.5°280°
C/2012 V2 (LINEAR)- 2021-01-18

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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 V2 (LINEAR), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9966990
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.4682760
            i (inclination)                 : 67.17230
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 262.17120
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 217.42410
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 278.70616
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -34.06351
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2456515.60110
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 9380.87
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 26
            Reference                       : MPC 88695

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

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 the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (9.00 + 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.