ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach10 Dec 202322.13.110 AU2.127 AU04h48m+23°54'175.5°1.4°102°
Today16 Apr 202423.03.030 AU3.433 AU05h38m+25°52'58.4°16.4°86°
Perihelion21 Apr 202423.03.030 AU3.492 AU05h46m+25°56'55.0°15.8°87°
P/2023 X3 (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 P/2023 X3 (PANSTARRS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.2865460
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 3.0301210
            i (Inclination)                 : 4.48340
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 62.01360
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 40.80920
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 102.73596
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 2.92838
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460422.41280
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 8.75

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 15
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-A43

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.951

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 an MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (15.50 + 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.