P/2019 M2 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach16 Jun 201916.71.067 AU0.210 AU00h14m-40°10'98.3°70.5°246°
Perihelion22 Jun 201916.71.063 AU0.212 AU00h24m-29°41'97.0°71.5°247°
Today9 Dec 201924.52.219 AU1.747 AU23h45m+15°20'105.2°25.4°70°
P/2019 M2 (ATLAS)- 2019-12-09
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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 M2 (ATLAS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.6484900
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.0634640
            i (inclination)                 : 12.28180
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 307.60180
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 332.52610
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 280.66725
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -5.63191
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458657.16730
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.26
            Epoch                           : 2019 Dec 09

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.854
        

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 is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (21.20 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 19.83 + 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.





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.