ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach24 Mar 202312.33.624 AU2.627 AU12h07m-01°20'178.8°0.3°88°
Perihelion29 Mar 202312.33.624 AU2.634 AU11h55m-01°33'171.0°2.5°102°
Today16 Apr 202414.94.946 AU4.788 AU07h24m-37°05'93.2°11.7°101°
C/2019 U5 (PANSTARRS)- 2024-04-16

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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 U5 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0009340
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 3.6239010
            i (Inclination)                 : 113.51470
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 2.63200
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 181.47030
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 2.04527
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.34818
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460033.20440

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 16
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-GJ3

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; New (a > 10000 AU)

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 4.77 + 5 log[∆] + 9.76 log[r]).