ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Nearest approach16 Aug 202214.60.915 AU1.527 AU07h20m+25°57'35.4°39.9°283°
Perihelion7 Sep 202214.40.849 AU1.586 AU09h12m+15°21'28.4°34.4°286°
Today27 Sep 202214.80.903 AU1.714 AU10h37m+04°03'24.5°27.4°283°
255P/Levy- 2022-09-27

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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 255P/Levy are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.7115070
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 0.8487360
            i (Inclination)                 : 13.41100
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 275.66510
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 186.01200
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 281.51431
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -1.39197
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459829.79610
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.05

            Epoch                           : 2022 Sep 26
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-UA9

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.796

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 the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the minor planet center. (14.10 + 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.

The following chart shows the current location of the comet in a smaller, upside-down telescopic field of view.