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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
wb_twilight   (Astronomical Twilight)   What's Visible Now?

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -77.7°   Azimuth: 153.8°   Direction: South-South-East

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is currently in the constellation of Reticulum, at a distance of 2,432,892,408 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is 03h 50m 50s and the Declination is -62° 04’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is 18.01 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 16.8 (COBS).

Finder chart of C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) in Reticulum on June,16 2024
Map showing Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) in Reticulum on June, 16 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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03h 50m 50s
-62° 04’ 37”
Reticulum
16.8
0.3'
n/a
2024-06-10
18.01

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom

  • C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)
Map showing Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) in Reticulum on June, 16 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)
RA: 03h 50m 50s
Dec: -62° 04’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) from Earth is currently 2,432,892,408 kilometers, equivalent to 16.262881 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 15 minutes and 15.2555 seconds to travel from Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) and arrive to us.

2,432,892,408
16.262881
2 hours, 15 minutes and 15.2555 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) to Earth happens on Sat Apr 5 2031 at a distance of 10.110524 Astronomical Units, or 1,512,512,813 kilometers:

Sat Apr 5 2031
1,512,512,813
10.110524

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein), according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) as a function of time

Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) at epoch 13 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458132.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99869477
Orbit inclination i 95.55335892°
Perihelion distance q 10.94525581 AU
1,637,386,967 km
Aphelion distance Q 16,760.37726871 AU
2,507,316,756,555 km
Semi-major axis a 8,385.66126226 AU
1,254,477,071,761 km
Orbital period period 767,916.8107 years
280,481,615.1243 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2031-Jan-26 09:45:43
2,462,892.9068 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 326.33161880945°
Longitude of the ascending node node 190.0846361196°
Mean anomaly M 359.99388998659°
Mean motion n 0.00000128°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein)
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Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jun 09 03h 46m 18s -61° 49’ 35” 18.02 Reticulum
2024 Jun 10 03h 46m 51s -61° 51’ 17” 18.02 Reticulum
2024 Jun 11 03h 47m 26s -61° 53’ 03” 18.02 Reticulum
2024 Jun 12 03h 48m 01s -61° 54’ 52” 18.02 Reticulum
2024 Jun 13 03h 48m 36s -61° 56’ 44” 18.02 Reticulum
2024 Jun 14 03h 49m 09s -61° 58’ 40” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 15 03h 49m 44s -62° 00’ 38” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 16 03h 50m 17s -62° 02’ 39” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 17 03h 50m 52s -62° 04’ 42” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 18 03h 51m 25s -62° 06’ 50” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 19 03h 51m 59s -62° 08’ 58” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 20 03h 52m 32s -62° 11’ 11” 18.01 Reticulum
2024 Jun 21 03h 53m 07s -62° 13’ 26” 18.00 Reticulum
2024 Jun 22 03h 53m 39s -62° 15’ 43” 18.00 Reticulum