ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today16 Apr 202416.52.104 AU2.907 AU03h35m+00°12'30.5°14.0°110°
Perihelion12 Aug 202411.90.905 AU1.847 AU10h13m+05°06'14.8°16.6°132°
Nearest approach16 Aug 202411.90.908 AU1.845 AU10h33m+04°45'15.3°17.1°127°
C/2023 R2 (PANSTARRS)- 2024-04-16

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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 R2 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0002440
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.9052360
            i (Inclination)                 : 30.69020
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 188.91630
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 337.29500
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 169.12713
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -11.36193
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460534.64440

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 15
            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 (10.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 10.97 + 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.