C/2015 G2 (MASTER)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach14 May 20158.30.808 AU0.467 AU03h24m-33°04'51.5°101.5°179°
Perihelion25 May 20159.00.777 AU0.673 AU06h32m-13°58'50.1°88.3°133°
Today18 Jan 202129.417.123 AU16.644 AU03h15m+45°08'117.6°2.9°88°
C/2015 G2 (MASTER)- 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/2015 G2 (MASTER), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0006430
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.7771870
            i (inclination)                 : 147.66290
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 110.24850
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 257.61690
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 34.81490
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -31.49710
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2457167.77290
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 26
            Reference                       : MPC109142

            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. (11.00 + 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.