ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach3 Feb 202116.01.430 AU1.228 AU01h44m+26°08'79.7°42.7°66°
Perihelion12 Mar 202115.81.321 AU1.286 AU03h58m+16°59'69.5°44.8°80°
Today16 Apr 202116.41.422 AU1.490 AU06h06m+06°37'66.2°40.2°98°
C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-04-16

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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 N1 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0005650
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.3206940
            i (inclination)                 : 29.70340
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 279.98180
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 186.77010
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 285.86904
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -3.34876
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459285.72470

            Epoch                           : 2021 Apr 15
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-FB5

            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 (12.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 14.02 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]).