C/2019 M3 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach17 Dec 201817.62.426 AU2.427 AU17h24m+54°47'78.2°23.4°356°
Perihelion3 Jan 201917.62.419 AU2.469 AU18h45m+52°39'75.6°23.2°358°
Today24 Aug 201919.33.471 AU2.603 AU22h03m+24°54'143.8°9.9°177°
C/2019 M3 (ATLAS) - 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 C/2019 M3 (ATLAS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0023893
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.41888
            i (inclination)                 : 99.44831
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 154.89054
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 87.96788
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 77.08717
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 80.33757
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458486.59297
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

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. (11.79 + 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.