ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion4 Sep 201920.72.790 AU3.565 AU08h31m+07°49'34.2°11.7°268°
Nearest approach24 Feb 202019.52.854 AU1.930 AU09h56m-14°44'154.4°8.6°17°
Today23 Oct 202122.03.456 AU4.138 AU16h40m-17°27'41.5°11.0°92°
P/2021 L4 (PANSTARRS)- 2021-10-23

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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 P/2021 L4 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.1186130
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.7895360
            i (inclination)                 : 16.96180
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 243.22520
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 234.61270
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 296.62635
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -13.75897
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2458730.53050
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.63

            Epoch                           : 2021 Oct 22
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-R75

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Encke type
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 3.125

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. (13.50 + 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.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.

The following chart shows the current location of the comet in a smaller, upside-down telescopic field of view.