Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.
More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 05:43 UTC (altitude: 81.7°)
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 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!
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Dec 05||11h 14m 35s||+55° 56’ 11”||15.46||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 06||11h 13m 53s||+56° 25’ 09”||15.45||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 07||11h 13m 05s||+56° 54’ 29”||15.43||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 08||11h 12m 15s||+57° 24’ 12”||15.42||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 09||11h 11m 20s||+57° 54’ 19”||15.41||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 10||11h 10m 19s||+58° 24’ 47”||15.39||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 11||11h 09m 15s||+58° 55’ 35”||15.38||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 12||11h 08m 03s||+59° 26’ 43”||15.37||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 13||11h 06m 47s||+59° 58’ 09”||15.36||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 14||11h 05m 26s||+60° 29’ 54”||15.35||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 15||11h 03m 57s||+61° 01’ 55”||15.34||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 16||11h 02m 22s||+61° 34’ 13”||15.33||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 17||11h 00m 42s||+62° 06’ 42”||15.32||Ursa Major|
|2018 Dec 18||10h 58m 51s||+62° 39’ 25”||15.31||Ursa Major|
Distance of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.
The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS), 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.
Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) at epoch 31 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458209.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.27696919 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Jan-12 20:32:11
|Argument of perihelion||peri||86.417792498025°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||194.27684857019°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2019-Jan-10|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.60588491 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.