ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Disintegration1 Apr 20208.11.468 AU1.034 AU07h58m+69°02'92.4°42.8°109°
Nearest approach22 May 2020-0.363 AU0.778 AU03h45m+38°17'18.0°120.6°349°
Perihelion30 May 2020-0.256 AU0.869 AU03h36m+19°55'12.9°117.8°259°
Today25 Sep 2023-12.217 AU12.508 AU07h24m+08°48'70.9°4.4°274°
C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)- 2023-09-25

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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 Y4 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9992750
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.2556390
            i (Inclination)                 : 45.17210
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 120.68270
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 177.45180
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 118.88567
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 1.80696
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459000.28180
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6621.15

            Epoch                           : 2023 Sep 24
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-YN2

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; External (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 (11.80 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 6.40 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 0.50. (See Marcus 2007)