ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion26 Aug 201921.01.807 AU1.072 AU02h09m+04°34'120.3°28.9°255°
Nearest approach12 Oct 201920.71.853 AU0.888 AU02h27m-01°23'158.4°11.4°294°
Today3 Jul 202026.12.995 AU4.005 AU07h07m+18°04'5.9°2.0°145°
P/2019 S3 (PANSTARRS)- 2020-07-03

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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 S3 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4708140
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.8067440
            i (inclination)                 : 8.69290
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 150.16330
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 212.96840
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 182.83019
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -4.71767
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458721.63880
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.31
            Epoch                           : 2020 Jul 03

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.937

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 light curve is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (18.30 + 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.