C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)

Type: Hyperbolic Perihelion date: 13 September 2024 Perihelion distance (q): 3.7 Aphelion distance (Q) : n/a Period (years): n/a Eccentricity (e): 1.00 Inclination (i): 137.1 JPL orbit diagram COBS lightcurve The ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) team discovered a 19th magnitude object in images taken with the 0.5 m Schmidt at Rio Hurtado, Chile on 7 March 2022. Astrometrists reported signs of cometary activity and there were pre- discovery ATLAS images from 23 February. Observations (VEMag = visual equivalent magnitude) Date 10x10 mag Error VEmag Coma ' 03-Nov-22 17.6 0.4 30-Nov-22 16.8 0.4 18-Jan-23 16.4 0.4 25-Jan-23 15.9 0.4 16-Feb-23 15.7 0.4 23-Feb-23 16.05 0.01 16.0 0.4 11-Mar-23 16.04 0.03 16.1 0.4 22-Mar-23 16.2 0.4 14-Apr-23 16.1 0.4 25-Apr-23 16.3 0.4 23-Oct-23 15.5 0.4 12-Dec-23 14.4 0.6 11-Jan-24 13.5 1.3 19-Jan-24 13.5 0.8 01-Feb-24 13.5 0.8 08-Feb-24 13.7 0.8 15-Feb-24 13.6 0.9 05-Mar-24 14.0 0.8