ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Disintegration21 Apr 20229.50.286 AU0.968 AU02h51m+03°19'16.5°89.1°121°
Perihelion21 Apr 2022-0.286 AU0.962 AU02h52m+03°28'16.5°90.2°121°
Nearest approach8 May 202211.90.592 AU0.602 AU03h58m+46°52'32.0°115.4°27°
Today23 Jun 2024-9.157 AU8.677 AU19h18m+39°13'115.2°5.8°198°
C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS)- 2024-06-23

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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 C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0000430
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.2859150
            i (Inclination)                 : 56.80240
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 188.94250
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 299.96070
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 145.41580
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -46.46601
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459690.62990

            Epoch                           : 2024 Jun 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-L66

            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 (10.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 12.60 + 5 log[∆] + 5.66 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)