P/2019 M2
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach16 Jun 201918.01.066 AU0.209 AU00h14m-40°12'98.3°70.5°246°
Perihelion22 Jun 201918.01.063 AU0.212 AU00h24m-29°42'97.0°71.6°247°
Today24 Aug 201920.41.339 AU0.413 AU23h56m+24°31'135.9°31.7°219°
P/2019 M2 - 2019-08-24
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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, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.6478837
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.06333
            i (inclination)                 : 12.27221
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 307.59263
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 332.52466
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 280.65582
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -5.62784
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458657.16970
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.25

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
        

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. The lightcurve is based on the absolute magnitide and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (21.11 + 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.





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