C/2020 T2 (Palomar)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach12 May 202110.92.177 AU1.413 AU13h40m+29°39'127.1°21.7°151°
Perihelion10 Jul 202110.52.057 AU1.665 AU14h00m+05°18'97.2°29.4°113°
Today30 May 202330.37.057 AU7.276 AU00h33m-25°46'73.6°7.9°235°
C/2020 T2 (Palomar)- 2023-05-30

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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 T2 (Palomar) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9932360
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.0574240
            i (Inclination)                 : 27.85500
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 82.96710
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 150.51960
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 56.41034
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 13.29346
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459406.48740

            Epoch                           : 2023 May 29
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-ST7

            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 (11.00 + 5 log[∆] + 8.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently -.26 + 5 log[∆] + 30.88 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.