ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach6 May 201914.63.949 AU3.255 AU11h57m-58°15'127.3°11.7°56°
Perihelion4 Dec 201913.83.441 AU3.790 AU14h26m-83°06'62.1°14.7°215°
Disintegration12 Sep 202015.54.295 AU3.707 AU03h01m-37°38'119.7°11.7°289°
Today20 Oct 2021-6.796 AU5.810 AU01h43m+01°31'171.1°1.3°352°
C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-10-20

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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/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0009650
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.4412270
            i (inclination)                 : 78.08730
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 26.51540
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 263.23180
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 86.61904
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -76.32307
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458821.52270

            Epoch                           : 2021 Oct 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-U31

            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 (11.00 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently .94 + 5 log[∆] + 18.54 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.