C/2020 S3 (Erasmus)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach18 Nov 20207.40.729 AU1.036 AU12h37m-19°03'42.2°65.4°278°
Perihelion12 Dec 20205.00.398 AU1.287 AU16h22m-22°38'13.2°34.4°275°
Today19 Sep 202118.44.347 AU3.382 AU23h32m+16°40'161.6°4.2°167°
C/2020 S3 (Erasmus)- 2021-09-19
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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 S3 (Erasmus) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9978710
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.3979400
            i (inclination)                 : 19.88190
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 222.92020
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 349.91900
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 213.42880
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -3.41273
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459196.18800

            Epoch                           : 2021 Sep 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-R75

            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 (13.50 + 5 log[∆] + 8.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.84 + 5 log[∆] + 10.85 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.