C/2022 QE78 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today22 Apr 202416.56.591 AU7.262 AU04h53m-01°17'45.1°6.2°109°
Perihelion10 Sep 202515.15.480 AU6.208 AU08h38m+18°41'40.4°6.8°285°
Nearest approach28 Jan 202614.65.576 AU4.609 AU09h17m+27°22'167.8°2.1°224°
C/2022 QE78 (ATLAS)- 2024-04-22

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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)                : 1.0039990
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 5.4797060
            i (Inclination)                 : 36.55160
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 119.93840
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 0.38510
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 120.24776
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.22934
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460928.74830

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-GJ3

            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 (5.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 1.91 + 5 log[∆] + 12.49 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.