ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today28 Nov 202219.01.282 AU1.558 AU20h22m-32°33'55.1°39.2°85°
Perihelion21 Jan 202316.70.838 AU1.235 AU22h08m-56°42'42.5°52.5°138°
Nearest approach8 Mar 202316.61.181 AU0.598 AU05h42m-37°43'92.6°57.1°82°
C/2022 S3 (PANSTARRS)- 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 S3 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0003670
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.8383930
            i (Inclination)                 : 78.55340
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 157.32310
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 267.96260
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 237.16038
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -78.37588
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459966.18310

            Epoch                           : 2022 Nov 27
            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. (17.00 + 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.