C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today6 Oct 202217.75.672 AU5.757 AU17h56m+23°20'80.2°10.0°80°
Perihelion12 Mar 202412.22.691 AU1.992 AU14h15m-35°46'125.3°17.5°306°
Nearest approach5 Apr 202412.02.703 AU1.810 AU12h33m-38°57'146.7°11.7°11°
C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)- 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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0010180
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.6913300
            i (Inclination)                 : 129.31240
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 39.24620
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 199.97380
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 26.27903
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -15.32474
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460381.90630

            Epoch                           : 2022 Oct 05
            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 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 (6.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 6.38 + 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.