ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion4 Nov 202016.84.632 AU5.325 AU17h19m-01°48'41.7°8.2°68°
Today2 Mar 202116.84.727 AU4.899 AU17h51m-11°29'74.2°11.6°274°
Nearest approach24 May 202116.54.901 AU3.897 AU16h38m-17°06'171.4°1.8°243°
C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-03-02

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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 Y2 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0009470
            q (perihelion distance)         : 4.6320560
            i (inclination)                 : 128.41460
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 65.99260
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 147.87540
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 87.30546
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 24.62355
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459158.14380

            Epoch                           : 2020 Dec 03
            Reference                       : MPEC 2020-W26

            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 (15.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 3.95 + 5 log[∆] + 13.91 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.