C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion8 Jan 202012.00.975 AU1.617 AU17h53m+05°20'34.2°34.5°325°
Nearest approach21 Feb 202012.21.232 AU0.912 AU19h54m+65°36'80.7°52.4°325°
Today2 Oct 202230.510.091 AU9.985 AU06h17m-04°02'93.2°5.7°274°
C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto)- 2022-10-02

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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/2020 A2 (Iwamoto) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9992430
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.9752920
            i (Inclination)                 : 120.67810
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 286.33670
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 68.13150
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 234.52699
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 52.95469
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458857.05620

            Epoch                           : 2022 Oct 01
            Reference                       : MPEC 2020-L06

            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 (13.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 11.15 + 5 log[∆] + 14.31 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.