C/2024 G2 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today21 May 202418.56.057 AU5.527 AU11h31m-70°02'117.2°8.5°74°
Nearest approach9 Apr 202517.65.367 AU4.552 AU11h33m-39°43'141.0°6.7°42°
Perihelion13 Jun 202517.95.346 AU5.179 AU11h04m-23°25'93.9°10.9°114°
C/2024 G2 (ATLAS)- 2024-05-21

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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 G2 (ATLAS) are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.9940140
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 5.3455260
            i (Inclination)                 : 122.13360
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 171.38920
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 328.79230
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 189.24943
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -26.02529
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460840.31740
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 26685.82

            Epoch                           : 2024 May 19
            Reference                       : MPEC 2024-JU4

            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 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.