P/2021 R4 (Wierzchos)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach3 Oct 202120.42.328 AU1.400 AU00h01m+31°29'151.3°11.9°160°
Perihelion13 Oct 202120.42.326 AU1.411 AU23h53m+31°51'149.4°12.6°137°
Today22 May 202223.72.959 AU3.875 AU05h04m+36°22'21.9°7.3°48°
P/2021 R4 (Wierzchos)- 2022-05-22

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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 R4 (Wierzchos) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.5859350
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.3261080
            i (inclination)                 : 21.04000
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 321.25580
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 56.63760
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 16.05394
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 17.44898
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459501.45090
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 13.32

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-W31

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.498

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. (16.00 + 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.