C/2022 L1 (Catalina)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach18 Jul 202216.91.859 AU0.900 AU18h58m+04°09'151.8°15.0°154°
Perihelion28 Sep 202217.11.591 AU2.055 AU15h21m+16°47'49.1°28.4°72°
Today24 Apr 202433.66.375 AU6.531 AU07h31m+21°43'76.7°8.8°99°
C/2022 L1 (Catalina)- 2024-04-24

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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 L1 (Catalina) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9968060
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.5910250
            i (Inclination)                 : 123.44970
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 300.03280
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 59.83550
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 256.54935
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 46.16894
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459850.68410
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 11117.65

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 23
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-CD7

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; Returning (a < 10000 AU); External (P > 200 years)

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 (15.80 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 10.83 + 5 log[∆] + 23.29 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.