C/2021 A1 (Leonard) - DISINTEGRATED
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach12 Dec 20212.50.773 AU0.232 AU17h08m-01°44'21.5°152.2°354°
Perihelion3 Jan 20225.50.616 AU0.920 AU21h38m-35°42'37.6°76.8°99°
Disintegration1 Mar 202210.91.288 AU1.998 AU21h23m-34°53'33.1°24.9°220°
Today21 May 2024-9.444 AU8.458 AU16h24m-08°46'166.3°1.5°212°
C/2021 A1 (Leonard)- 2024-05-21

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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/2021 A1 (Leonard) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0001250
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.6161720
            i (Inclination)                 : 132.75010
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 255.91010
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 225.14360
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 221.60778
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -31.36870
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459582.90390

            Epoch                           : 2024 May 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-CD7

            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 (8.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.11 + 5 log[∆] + 11.50 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 0.10. (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.