C/2020 A3 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach2 May 201919.15.784 AU4.969 AU13h12m-50°50'140.6°6.3°33°
Perihelion29 Jun 201919.35.769 AU5.489 AU12h10m-40°07'100.9°10.0°111°
Today27 May 202019.86.235 AU6.009 AU10h19m-21°22'98.2°9.3°110°
C/2020 A3 (ATLAS)- 2020-05-27

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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 A3 (ATLAS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0002700
            q (perihelion distance)         : 5.7687540
            i (inclination)                 : 146.70260
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 120.78090
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 268.47490
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 32.60536
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -33.28407
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458664.12480
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 May 26

            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 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. (8.00 + 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.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.