C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach15 Aug 202014.80.868 AU0.580 AU05h31m+27°16'58.8°86.4°270°
Perihelion15 Sep 202015.40.471 AU1.092 AU09h51m-00°38'25.5°66.9°262°
Today21 May 202425.012.955 AU12.059 AU15h56m+08°37'151.1°2.2°181°
C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS)- 2024-05-21

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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 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0002460
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.4710360
            i (Inclination)                 : 31.43380
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 181.46960
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 259.99610
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 259.78898
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -30.90285
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459107.76140

            Epoch                           : 2024 May 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-P47

            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 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 (15.00 + 5 log[∆] + 8.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 16.22 + 5 log[∆] + 3.03 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 0.30. (See Marcus 2007)

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.