C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today2 Dec 202014.35.028 AU4.477 AU23h55m+60°58'118.8°9.9°96°
Nearest approach6 Jan 202211.33.554 AU2.580 AU07h06m+31°51'170.6°2.6°175°
Perihelion9 Jan 202211.33.554 AU2.582 AU07h03m+31°17'169.8°2.8°154°
C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)- 2020-12-02

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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), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0008460
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.5540640
            i (inclination)                 : 48.36610
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 290.78550
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 171.63770
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 285.20775
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 6.24019
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459589.25690
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Dec 01

            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. 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 2.84 + 5 log[∆] + 11.69 log[r]).