ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion27 May 202222.32.469 AU2.952 AU01h08m-04°41'52.5°19.0°239°
Nearest approach26 Oct 202221.22.573 AU1.637 AU03h00m-07°58'155.1°9.4°325°
Today4 Dec 202323.33.296 AU2.712 AU09h03m+17°46'118.3°15.3°286°
P/2022 R5 (PANSTARRS)- 2023-12-04

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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 R5 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.1952810
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.4694900
            i (Inclination)                 : 15.29450
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 115.05050
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 240.56430
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 174.72236
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -13.28108
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459726.77620
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.38

            Epoch                           : 2023 Dec 03
            Reference                       : MPEC 2022-WQ9

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Encke type
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 3.148

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. (16.00 + 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.