C/2021 K2 (MASTER)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach13 Jul 202118.75.486 AU4.566 AU19h27m-49°40'152.1°5.0°
Perihelion9 Sep 202118.95.469 AU5.085 AU18h25m-40°57'107.2°10.1°82°
Today29 Feb 202421.98.379 AU8.606 AU18h20m+28°43'73.5°6.5°289°
C/2021 K2 (MASTER)- 2024-02-29

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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 K2 (MASTER) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0009370
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 5.4687890
            i (Inclination)                 : 100.86020
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 282.31530
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 343.34570
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 285.54124
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -16.34757
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459467.19760

            Epoch                           : 2024 Feb 28
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-O01

            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 an 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.