C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach10 Dec 201819.52.435 AU1.651 AU01h41m+32°20'133.3°17.1°88°
Perihelion11 May 201911.21.360 AU1.933 AU04h17m-20°49'41.9°29.7°156°
Today22 Aug 201917.01.955 AU2.325 AU12h03m-36°39'56.3°25.5°144°
C/2018 W1 (Catalina) - 2019-08-22

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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 W1 (Catalina), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9376280
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.36016
            i (inclination)                 : 83.27750
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 233.58960
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 251.24840
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 252.61473
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -70.12067
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458615.35010
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 101.84

            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 calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (15.70 + 5 log[∆] + 5.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 5.12 + 5 log[∆] + 34.49 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.