ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion9 Dec 201920.71.824 AU1.061 AU08h30m+03°25'126.1°25.9°296°
Nearest approach15 Jan 202020.51.855 AU0.932 AU08h20m-06°31'151.1°14.9°343°
Today8 Apr 202022.22.110 AU1.543 AU08h29m-03°37'110.2°26.4°97°
P/2019 X2 (PANSTARRS)- 2020-04-08

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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 X2 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4992310
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.8240990
            i (inclination)                 : 15.88110
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 250.85540
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 213.55700
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 283.39325
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -8.69996
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458826.80630
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.95
            Epoch                           : 2020 Feb 15

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.823

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. (18.00 + 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.