P/2018 P3 (PANSTARRS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach22 Sep 201819.41.763 AU0.782 AU00h07m-19°01'161.3°10.5°351°
Perihelion9 Oct 201819.51.757 AU0.810 AU23h56m-17°38'152.1°15.5°33°
Today15 Nov 201820.11.784 AU1.044 AU00h00m-09°35'122.7°27.8°61°
P/2018 P3 (PANSTARRS) - 2018-11-15
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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 P/2018 P3 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4159120
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.75654
            i (inclination)                 : 8.90950
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 59.21140
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 305.87680
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 5.41910
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -7.20913
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458400.94970
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.22

            Family/Group:                   : Encke family
        

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 The lightcurve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as provided the minor planet center (17.50 + 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.


The following chart show the current location of the comet in a smaller, upside-down telescopic field of view.


A printable version of the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.