C/2018 W2 (Africano)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion5 Sep 201910.21.458 AU0.859 AU02h49m+52°47'102.4°42.5°240°
Nearest approach27 Sep 20199.11.491 AU0.497 AU23h56m+14°06'166.7°8.9°161°
Today17 May 202225.49.646 AU9.120 AU11h47m-71°05'118.6°5.3°64°
C/2018 W2 (Africano)- 2022-05-17
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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 W2 (Africano) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0004490
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.4580520
            i (inclination)                 : 116.62550
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 181.81860
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 158.01740
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 192.07301
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 19.55002
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458731.93470

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 16
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-P47

            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 (9.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.53 + 5 log[∆] + 12.24 log[r]).