A/2022 B3
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion17 Jan 202221.53.698 AU2.821 AU09h33m+44°38'148.8°7.9°228°
Nearest approach27 Jan 202221.43.699 AU2.795 AU09h01m+44°58'153.0°6.9°192°
Today18 May 202222.73.852 AU4.534 AU06h45m+26°57'42.7°10.3°90°
A/2022 B3- 2022-05-18

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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 A/2022 B3 are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9957810
            q (perihelion distance)         : 3.6982920
            i (inclination)                 : 132.05620
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 286.18670
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 150.70210
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 306.78669
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 21.30527
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459597.16490

            Epoch                           : 2022 May 18
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-GA9

            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 indicates the expected brightness if this object is a comet (16.50 + 5 log[∆] + 5.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve indicates the expected lightcurve for an asteroid (H=15.80; G=.15).

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.