P/2013 R3-A (Catalina-PANSTARRS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach11 Aug 201813.22.308 AU1.299 AU20h56m-18°01'172.4°3.3°69°
Perihelion6 Dec 201814.22.200 AU2.262 AU21h59m-12°07'73.8°25.5°70°
Today21 Aug 201915.62.644 AU3.022 AU05h57m+24°11'58.8°19.1°270°
P/2013 R3-A (Catalina-PANSTARRS) - 2019-08-21

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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 P/2013 R3-A (Catalina-PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.2746580
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.20023
            i (inclination)                 : 0.86460
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 341.98660
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 11.15780
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 353.14316
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.16730
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458458.84380
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.28

            Family/Group:                   : Encke family

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 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 of the comet over the same period as the lightcurve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.