C/2018 V4 (Africano)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach14 Dec 201819.53.284 AU2.383 AU04h36m-02°21'152.0°8.1°24°
Today14 Dec 201819.53.282 AU2.383 AU04h35m-02°06'151.6°8.2°26°
Perihelion2 Mar 201920.13.199 AU3.222 AU03h53m+20°21'79.8°17.7°78°
C/2018 V4 (Africano) - 2018-12-14
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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 V4 (Africano), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9867110
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.19928
            i (inclination)                 : 69.03000
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 78.37250
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 0.05380
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 78.39175
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.05024
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458544.36270
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 3735.43

            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 The lightcurve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as provided the minor planet center (12.50 + 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.