Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 L2 (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.
Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Aug 11||14h 11m 52s||-15° 22’ 28”||15.40||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 12||14h 12m 53s||-15° 05’ 31”||15.39||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 13||14h 13m 55s||-14° 48’ 48”||15.38||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 14||14h 15m 00s||-14° 32’ 17”||15.37||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 15||14h 16m 04s||-14° 16’ 00”||15.36||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 16||14h 17m 09s||-13° 59’ 54”||15.35||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 17||14h 18m 16s||-13° 44’ 02”||15.34||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 18||14h 19m 23s||-13° 28’ 21”||15.33||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 19||14h 20m 31s||-13° 12’ 51”||15.32||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 20||14h 21m 41s||-12° 57’ 34”||15.31||Virgo|
|2018 Aug 21||14h 22m 51s||-12° 42’ 28”||15.29||Libra|
|2018 Aug 22||14h 24m 02s||-12° 27’ 33”||15.28||Libra|
|2018 Aug 23||14h 25m 14s||-12° 12’ 47”||15.27||Libra|
|2018 Aug 24||14h 26m 26s||-11° 58’ 14”||15.26||Libra|
Distance of Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) at epoch 19 June 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458289.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.71205463 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Dec-02 13:31:51
|Argument of perihelion||peri||56.213755502944°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||243.01282092412°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jun-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.95390074 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.