C/2021 D2 (ZTF)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today11 Apr 202118.44.127 AU4.447 AU21h01m+39°50'65.1°12.7°280°
Perihelion4 Feb 202215.72.945 AU2.536 AU16h29m+85°16'104.7°18.9°291°
Nearest approach7 Feb 202215.72.945 AU2.535 AU16h01m+87°02'104.8°18.9°280°
C/2021 D2 (ZTF)- 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/2021 D2 (ZTF), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9995280
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.9445700
            i (inclination)                 : 83.84600
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 305.69430
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 125.08710
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 297.01763
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 54.44559
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459614.68560

            Epoch                           : 2021 Apr 10
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-F67

            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. (9.00 + 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.