C/2019 B1 (Africano)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach10 Feb 201917.41.673 AU0.924 AU08h04m+70°24'122.1°30.0°154°
Perihelion19 Mar 201918.21.597 AU1.493 AU04h55m+27°11'77.0°37.4°83°
Today24 Aug 201921.62.580 AU2.676 AU05h51m-26°20'73.6°22.1°248°
C/2019 B1 (Africano) - 2019-08-24

-1 month
-1 week
-1 day
+1 day
+1 week
+1 month

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/2019 B1 (Africano), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9877010
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.59696
            i (inclination)                 : 123.35320
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 290.44580
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 174.91960
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 293.24411
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 4.24196
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458562.47300
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 1479.57

            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 (16.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 15.31 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 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.