C/2023 C2 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today22 Apr 202415.13.269 AU2.764 AU16h59m-76°52'111.5°16.6°313°
Nearest approach20 Jul 202414.32.708 AU2.072 AU15h33m-63°29'118.5°19.3°79°
Perihelion16 Nov 202414.82.368 AU2.930 AU18h50m-24°28'47.0°17.8°86°
C/2023 C2 (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/2023 C2 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9992680
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.3684350
            i (Inclination)                 : 48.31710
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 301.00800
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 357.45780
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 299.31680
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.89833
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460631.31530
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 184045.66

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 21
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-H50

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; Returning (a < 10000 AU); External (P > 200 years)

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 (7.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 11.42 + 5 log[∆] + 2.93 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.