C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach6 Jan 201918.02.968 AU2.231 AU03h40m+51°37'130.7°14.5°106°
Perihelion8 Jul 201916.82.126 AU2.986 AU09h03m+21°56'26.6°12.4°97°
Today22 Jul 201916.92.133 AU3.049 AU09h35m+17°40'21.1°9.9°101°
C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) - 2019-07-22
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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 X2 (Fitzsimmons), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9861930
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.12588
            i (inclination)                 : 23.06880
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 340.83050
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 162.05010
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 324.23390
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 6.93586
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458673.03860
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 1910.55

            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 (12.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 10.38 + 5 log[∆] + 12.37 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.