C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach12 Dec 201610.30.906 AU0.720 AU15h25m+32°35'61.9°73.6°330°
Perihelion13 Jan 20176.70.323 AU1.159 AU18h39m-19°41'14.6°50.2°279°
Today20 Jan 202129.013.916 AU13.860 AU02h30m-11°01'91.2°4.1°69°
C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)- 2021-01-20

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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/2016 U1 (NEOWISE), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0004060
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.3232210
            i (inclination)                 : 46.31610
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 61.54130
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 162.82140
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 49.48859
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 12.33262
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2457767.35270
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2021 Jan 19
            Reference                       : MPC103847

            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 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 (17.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 11.47 + 5 log[∆] + 10.34 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.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.