C/2020 X3 (SOHO)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion14 Dec 2020-5.10.005 AU0.988 AU17h30m-23°07'0.2°51.1°55°
Nearest approach6 Jan 202116.10.873 AU0.551 AU17h14m-83°40'62.0°84.1°210°
Today11 Apr 202124.42.632 AU2.851 AU05h40m-07°49'67.2°20.6°102°
C/2020 X3 (SOHO)- 2021-04-11
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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 X3 (SOHO), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 1.0000000
            q (perihelion distance)         : 0.0050117
            i (inclination)                 : 143.93683
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 357.16186
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 77.35832
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 282.66910
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 35.05805
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459198.44587

            Epoch                           : 2020 Dec 17
            Reference                       : MPEC 2020-Y19

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; New (a > 10000 AU); Kreutz sungrazer
        

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 (15.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 17.96 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 0.30. (See Marcus 2007)


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.