ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today2 Mar 202118.65.215 AU4.744 AU06h27m+35°53'113.2°10.1°98°
Nearest approach28 Dec 202116.63.905 AU3.394 AU11h12m+86°12'114.5°13.3°253°
Perihelion27 Apr 202216.83.756 AU4.079 AU00h18m+76°21'64.4°14.0°327°
C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-03-02

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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 U5 (PANSTARRS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9999310
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.7558960
            i (inclination)                 : 97.27960
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 107.34300
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 75.40950
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 81.38694
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 73.72967
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459697.29580

            Epoch                           : 2021 Mar 01
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-BE3

            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 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. (8.00 + 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.