C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion8 Jan 202012.00.978 AU1.620 AU17h52m+05°22'34.2°34.4°325°
Nearest approach21 Feb 202012.21.236 AU0.913 AU19h52m+65°45'80.9°52.2°324°
Today22 Sep 202022.23.727 AU4.072 AU07h51m+15°39'63.1°13.9°278°
C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto)- 2020-09-22

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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), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9991430
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.9779620
            i (inclination)                 : 120.74930
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 286.37920
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 68.21080
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 234.39973
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 52.94074
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458856.83370
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 22

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

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 11.10 + 5 log[∆] + 14.07 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.