ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion2 Sep 201821.01.881 AU2.879 AU10h21m+10°59'7.0°3.7°297°
Nearest approach5 May 201921.42.649 AU1.678 AU16h10m-16°33'160.0°7.5°268°
Today17 Jan 202025.13.736 AU4.679 AU18h51m-21°43'14.8°3.8°269°
P/2019 A8 (PANSTARRS)- 2020-01-17

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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 P/2019 A8 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4405430
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.8813080
            i (inclination)                 : 2.97330
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 127.83820
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 21.72080
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 149.53248
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 1.09994
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458364.47960
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.17
            Epoch                           : 2020 Jan 16

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.989

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 light curve is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (16.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 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.