C/2023 F2 (SOHO)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion21 Mar 2023-5.70.034 AU0.995 AU00h01m+01°53'2.0°91.3°14°
Nearest approach25 Mar 20232.80.248 AU0.949 AU23h28m-07°12'14.3°94.0°233°
Today7 Jun 202312.71.989 AU1.400 AU00h56m-84°08'109.9°28.7°239°
C/2023 F2 (SOHO)- 2023-06-07

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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 F2 (SOHO) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0000000
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.0342180
            i (Inclination)                 : 72.35670
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 70.60200
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 58.03480
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 96.50793
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 53.94614
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460024.66760

            Epoch                           : 2023 Jun 07
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-K46

            Classification(s):              : Nearly isotropic; New (a > 10000 AU); Meyer sungrazer

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. (9.00 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]). The additional green curve shows the effect of forward scattering, occurring when the comet is between the earth and the sun, for a gas-to-dust light ratio δ90 of 0.30. (See Marcus 2007)

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.