C/2022 QE78 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today28 Nov 202219.18.959 AU8.227 AU03h30m-21°31'135.7°4.4°16°
Perihelion9 Sep 202516.45.480 AU6.212 AU08h37m+18°42'40.1°6.8°285°
Nearest approach28 Jan 202615.85.577 AU4.610 AU09h17m+27°22'167.7°2.1°224°
C/2022 QE78 (ATLAS)- 2022-11-28

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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 QE78 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0034300
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 5.4803970
            i (Inclination)                 : 36.55050
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 119.92820
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 0.36620
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 120.22238
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.21808
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460928.40660

            Epoch                           : 2022 Nov 28
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-VC5

            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. (5.00 + 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.