ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion18 Mar 202211.51.544 AU2.058 AU20h53m-16°22'46.1°27.7°255°
Nearest approach14 Sep 202214.12.298 AU1.383 AU01h33m+01°50'148.0°13.4°260°
Today4 Dec 202321.94.471 AU3.488 AU04h41m+17°32'175.4°1.0°354°
22P/Kopff- 2023-12-04

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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 22P/Kopff are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.5503300
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 1.5444730
            i (Inclination)                 : 4.74730
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 120.64100
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 162.94310
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 103.63924
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 1.39103
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459656.85950
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.37

            Epoch                           : 2023 Dec 03
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-SQ0

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.867

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 (3.00 + 5 log[∆] + 26.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 6.17 + 5 log[∆] + 19.99 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.