A/2019 K6
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today22 Feb 202019.84.001 AU3.870 AU16h07m-14°47'90.4°14.3°281°
Nearest approach1 May 202018.53.932 AU2.927 AU14h23m-18°42'175.6°1.1°36°
Perihelion20 May 202018.93.929 AU3.016 AU13h43m-18°33'150.6°7.3°98°
A/2019 K6- 2020-02-22

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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 A/2019 K6, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9974660
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.9286700
            i (inclination)                 : 132.37480
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 42.93970
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 187.60560
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 37.79723
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -5.61113
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458989.61590
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Feb 21

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

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. Two light curves are shown: The gray curve indicates the expected brightness if this object is a comet (13.60 + 5 log[∆] + 5.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve indicates the expected lightcurve for an asteroid (H=13.00; G=.15).

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.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.