ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach4 Feb 202115.51.423 AU1.236 AU01h46m+25°52'78.7°42.8°66°
Perihelion12 Mar 202115.31.317 AU1.292 AU03h58m+16°59'69.0°44.8°80°
Today22 Apr 202428.910.827 AU10.078 AU16h35m-39°35'136.3°3.7°298°
C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)- 2024-04-22

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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) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0006170
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.3171380
            i (Inclination)                 : 29.74200
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 279.88700
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 186.78280
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 285.78305
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -3.35898
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459286.17090

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-GA9

            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 13.50 + 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.