ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today11 Apr 202122.16.190 AU6.260 AU20h02m-13°34'81.4°9.2°259°
Perihelion6 Aug 202514.62.430 AU3.366 AU07h46m+16°25'19.0°7.8°267°
Nearest approach25 Feb 202614.32.821 AU1.868 AU11h02m-08°59'160.4°6.8°338°
43P/Wolf-Harrington- 2021-04-11

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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 43P/Wolf-Harrington, as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.4365130
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.4302400
            i (inclination)                 : 9.34850
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 244.21700
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 224.12230
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 287.95654
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -6.49341
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2460894.11350
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 8.96

            Epoch                           : 2021 Apr 10
            Reference                       : MPC102956

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.823

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 (8.00 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 6.23 + 5 log[∆] + 15.00 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.