C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion9 Dec 20159.62.084 AU1.897 AU16h47m+63°44'86.5°28.2°357°
Nearest approach25 Feb 20169.92.280 AU1.815 AU15h15m+70°46'104.9°24.8°254°
Today18 Jul 201920.911.391 AU11.422 AU12h14m-38°09'85.7°5.1°121°
C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) - 2019-07-18
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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/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9880340
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.08366
            i (inclination)                 : 64.43170
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 8.07230
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 87.39620
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 92.05725
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 64.30834
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2457365.73230
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 2297.82

            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 Two lightcurves are shown: The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as provided by the minor planet center (10.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 5.07 + 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.