ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Perihelion1 Aug 202220.42.058 AU1.135 AU22h55m-05°46'146.4°15.8°246°
Nearest approach27 Aug 202220.32.071 AU1.066 AU22h45m-04°01'171.6°4.1°223°
Today4 Dec 202325.94.246 AU3.286 AU05h33m+31°18'164.8°3.5°236°
462P/LONEOS-PANSTARRS- 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 462P/LONEOS-PANSTARRS are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.5782770
            q (Perihelion distance)         : 2.0581620
            i (Inclination)                 : 7.02560
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 322.80310
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 4.39440
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 327.16463
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.53697
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459793.49600
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 10.78

            Epoch                           : 2023 Dec 03
            Reference                       : MPEC 2023-JA3

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Jupiter family
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 2.635

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. (17.00 + 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.