C/2024 A1 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today16 Apr 202417.95.280 AU5.333 AU06h10m-43°32'81.6°10.8°113°
Nearest approach28 Jan 202515.74.054 AU3.276 AU07h03m-16°57'137.2°9.5°36°
Perihelion13 Jun 202516.33.876 AU4.777 AU07h08m+17°02'24.5°6.2°109°
C/2024 A1 (ATLAS)- 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/2024 A1 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 1.0013290
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 3.8758600
            i (Inclination)                 : 94.44780
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 112.13890
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 353.29550
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 112.66121
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -6.68422
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460840.16900

            Epoch                           : 2024 Apr 16
            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 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. (7.00 + 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.