P/2020 F1 (Leonard)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion29 Aug 201921.53.983 AU4.981 AU09h58m+13°01'8.0°2.0°295°
Nearest approach10 Mar 202020.64.125 AU3.136 AU11h45m+06°11'173.8°1.5°250°
Today9 Aug 202022.04.406 AU5.042 AU12h18m+02°19'46.5°9.6°110°
P/2020 F1 (Leonard)- 2020-08-09

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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/2020 F1 (Leonard), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4165600
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.9831010
            i (inclination)                 : 5.43610
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 136.65860
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 8.68160
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 145.30175
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.81934
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458724.67560
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 17.84
            Epoch                           : 2020 May 13

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.835

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. (12.00 + 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.