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Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN)

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Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) Position

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) is currently in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The current Right Ascension is 00h 34m 32s and the Declination is +55° 18’ 22”.

00h 34m 32s
+55° 18’ 22”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) in Cassiopeia on April, 07 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 N2 (ASASSN)
RA: 00h 34m 32s
Dec: +55° 18’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) from Earth is currently 600,469,572 kilometers, equivalent to 4.013891 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 22.9509 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 22.9509 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 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.

Distance of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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/2018 N2 (ASASSN) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) to Earth happens on Sun Oct 20 2019 at a distance of 2.21179732 Astronomical Units, or 330,880,170 kilometers:

Sun Oct 20 2019

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

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) is 15.13.


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 behavior 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN), 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) is circumpolar and transits at 11:29 UTC (altitude: 86.2°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) at epoch 26 August 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458722.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00015922
Orbit inclination i 77.53404408°
Perihelion distance q 3.12463657 AU
467,438,979 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Nov-10 23:06:05
2,458,798.4626 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 24.396151943752°
Longitude of the ascending node node 25.259860857966°
Mean anomaly M -2.7233062458702E-5°
Mean motion n 0.00000036°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 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/2018 N2 (ASASSN)
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Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 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 N2 (ASASSN) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 31 00h 26m 12s +53° 25’ 46” 15.09 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 01 00h 27m 19s +53° 40’ 45” 15.10 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 02 00h 28m 26s +53° 55’ 49” 15.10 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 03 00h 29m 32s +54° 10’ 59” 15.11 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 04 00h 30m 41s +54° 26’ 16” 15.11 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 05 00h 31m 49s +54° 41’ 39” 15.12 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 06 00h 32m 57s +54° 57’ 09” 15.12 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 07 00h 34m 06s +55° 12’ 43” 15.13 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 08 00h 35m 17s +55° 28’ 26” 15.13 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 09 00h 36m 27s +55° 44’ 12” 15.14 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 10 00h 37m 37s +56° 00’ 06” 15.14 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 11 00h 38m 48s +56° 16’ 05” 15.15 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 12 00h 40m 00s +56° 32’ 11” 15.15 Cassiopeia
2020 Apr 13 00h 41m 12s +56° 48’ 21” 15.16 Cassiopeia