C/2022 D2 (Kowalski)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach23 Jan 202219.71.773 AU1.124 AU03h25m+44°12'114.3°30.4°86°
Perihelion27 Mar 202219.51.555 AU1.298 AU06h03m+24°27'84.2°39.7°90°
Today18 May 202220.51.711 AU1.741 AU08h31m+06°37'71.4°34.1°109°
C/2022 D2 (Kowalski)- 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 C/2022 D2 (Kowalski) are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9957390
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.5551440
            i (inclination)                 : 22.65450
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 312.46990
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 177.79080
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 310.43100
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.85075
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459666.07520

            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 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. (17.00 + 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.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.