C/2020 K6 (Rankin)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today25 Sep 202020.06.382 AU6.178 AU18h38m-11°42'97.2°9.0°88°
Nearest approach1 Jul 202119.25.895 AU5.104 AU18h37m+19°18'137.6°6.7°178°
Perihelion13 Sep 202119.55.871 AU5.733 AU17h45m+20°30'92.9°9.9°95°
C/2020 K6 (Rankin)- 2020-09-25

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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 K6 (Rankin), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0058320
            q (perihelion distance)         : 5.8712420
            i (inclination)                 : 103.67790
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 291.53390
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 44.16650
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 278.59846
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 42.60859
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459471.49030
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 24

            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.