ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion8 Dec 202121.73.015 AU3.759 AU18h50m+01°20'35.8°11.0°46°
Nearest approach29 May 202221.33.448 AU2.464 AU17h19m-11°39'163.6°4.8°231°
Today2 Jun 202325.15.777 AU5.014 AU13h22m-33°49'135.1°7.1°88°
C/2022 L4 (PANSTARRS)- 2023-06-02

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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 L4 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9892190
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 3.0149530
            i (Inclination)                 : 141.23710
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 66.05440
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 125.33110
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 113.78083
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 30.71623
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459557.30260
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 4676.62

            Epoch                           : 2023 Jun 02
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-N37

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; External (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. (14.00 + 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.