C/2018 N1 (NEOWISE)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach27 Jul 20189.11.310 AU0.305 AU20h24m-36°32'162.8°13.3°360°
Perihelion2 Aug 20189.61.307 AU0.379 AU17h31m-29°51'134.0°33.9°86°
Today18 Nov 201816.02.028 AU2.971 AU15h20m-05°10'14.3°6.9°349°
C/2018 N1 (NEOWISE) - 2018-11-18
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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/2018 N1 (NEOWISE), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9962370
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.30732
            i (inclination)                 : 159.44370
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 292.44300
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 354.56500
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 297.53382
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.90587
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458332.48800
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6475.44

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic
        

The lightcurve 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 Two lightcurves are shown: The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as provided by the minor planet center (15.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 10.53 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]).


The all-sky chart below shows the path of of the comet over the same period as the lightcurve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.





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