ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion14 Feb 202410.31.320 AU1.416 AU17h24m-17°44'63.7°42.1°276°
Nearest approach14 Mar 202410.21.390 AU1.298 AU18h48m+06°49'73.3°43.3°274°
Today21 May 202411.51.920 AU1.720 AU20h35m+52°49'85.1°31.7°243°
C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS)- 2024-05-21

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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)                : 1.0002560
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.3202040
            i (Inclination)                 : 58.53300
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 215.62110
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 6.85310
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 219.21092
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 5.84148
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460355.20900

            Epoch                           : 2024 May 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-JU4

            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 (5.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.94 + 5 log[∆] + 4.71 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.