ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion21 Dec 201921.32.661 AU3.283 AU14h59m-10°16'43.8°14.8°293°
Nearest approach25 May 202020.52.887 AU1.903 AU17h03m-10°17'163.1°5.8°229°
Today25 Sep 202022.33.296 AU3.362 AU17h18m-17°00'77.6°17.3°93°
P/2020 M1 (PANSTARRS)- 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 P/2020 M1 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4774840
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.6611450
            i (inclination)                 : 8.63420
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 142.94050
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 67.91070
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 210.62272
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 7.99612
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458838.81680
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 11.49
            Epoch                           : 2020 Sep 24

            Family/Group:                   : Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.740

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. (14.50 + 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.