C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today20 Oct 202110.73.631 AU3.388 AU07h42m+41°31'96.1°15.8°278°
Nearest approach6 Jan 20229.93.555 AU2.581 AU07h06m+31°51'170.6°2.6°175°
Perihelion9 Jan 20229.93.554 AU2.582 AU07h03m+31°19'169.9°2.8°155°
C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)- 2021-10-20

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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/2019 L3 (ATLAS) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0014390
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.5544900
            i (inclination)                 : 48.36340
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 290.78940
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 171.61300
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 285.19475
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 6.25830
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459589.12900

            Epoch                           : 2021 Oct 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-U31

            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 (4.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently -1.85 + 5 log[∆] + 17.60 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.