ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today6 Oct 202217.05.857 AU5.708 AU06h20m-28°17'93.7°9.8°278°
Perihelion14 Feb 20247.51.320 AU1.415 AU17h24m-17°42'63.7°42.2°276°
Nearest approach14 Mar 20247.51.389 AU1.297 AU18h48m+06°48'73.3°43.3°274°
C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS)- 2022-10-06

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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 S3 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9999130
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.3195210
            i (Inclination)                 : 58.53510
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 215.62710
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 6.88740
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 219.23480
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 5.87081
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460355.25950

            Epoch                           : 2022 Oct 06
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-ST7

            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. (5.50 + 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.