C/2018 W2 (Africano)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion5 Sep 201910.21.455 AU0.855 AU02h50m+52°59'102.4°42.6°240°
Nearest approach27 Sep 20199.11.488 AU0.495 AU23h55m+14°16'166.5°9.1°160°
Today11 Apr 202122.56.539 AU6.273 AU12h45m-87°15'101.0°8.7°
C/2018 W2 (Africano)- 2021-04-11

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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), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0004100
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.4552760
            i (inclination)                 : 116.61800
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 181.84560
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 157.97620
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 192.11818
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 19.58760
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458732.12350

            Epoch                           : 2021 Apr 10
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-F20

            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 8.51 + 5 log[∆] + 12.24 log[r]).

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