ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today2 Mar 202116.02.006 AU2.509 AU19h45m-29°56'49.2°22.0°252°
Nearest approach19 May 202113.91.553 AU1.551 AU01h44m-45°33'71.1°38.1°210°
Perihelion5 Jun 202113.91.536 AU1.595 AU03h15m-41°23'67.9°37.8°205°
C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-03-02

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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 K5 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0014070
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.5355295
            i (inclination)                 : 67.15585
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 86.16669
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 249.59510
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 132.38985
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -59.73893
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459371.08625

            Epoch                           : 2020 Dec 17
            Reference                       : MPEC 2020-SI8

            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 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. (11.00 + 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.