ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today25 Feb 202114.17.005 AU7.204 AU18h21m+36°35'74.5°7.8°294°
Nearest approach14 Jul 20227.32.656 AU1.809 AU16h58m-03°11'138.4°14.7°120°
Perihelion19 Dec 20226.51.798 AU2.484 AU17h58m-60°22'37.0°19.2°177°
C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-02-25

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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/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0005070
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.7979800
            i (inclination)                 : 87.54910
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 88.25080
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 236.18270
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 91.90345
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -56.10454
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459933.30220

            Epoch                           : 2021 Feb 13
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-BE3

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; New (a > 10000 AU)

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 (1.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 2.24 + 5 log[∆] + 8.93 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.