P/2022 L3 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion29 Oct 202215.32.420 AU1.433 AU02h28m+21°24'171.6°3.4°202°
Nearest approach1 Nov 202215.32.420 AU1.432 AU02h26m+21°43'172.6°3.0°184°
Today30 May 202318.43.016 AU3.877 AU06h07m+39°06'27.6°9.0°58°
P/2022 L3 (ATLAS)- 2023-05-30

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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 P/2022 L3 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.6277520
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.4199130
            i (Inclination)                 : 21.54320
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 29.80590
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 10.32900
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 39.42731
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 3.77506
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459882.45080
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 16.57

            Epoch                           : 2023 May 29
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-HD1

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.419

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 (12.70 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 10.70 + 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.