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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)

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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Position

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is currently in the constellation of Antlia. The current Right Ascension is 10h 28m 15s and the Declination is -35° 12’ 13”.

10h 28m 15s
-35° 12’ 13”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) in Antlia on January, 22 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
RA: 10h 28m 15s
Dec: -35° 12’ 13”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth is currently 410,901,658 kilometers, equivalent to 2.746708 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 50.6204 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 50.6204 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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 R3 (Lemmon) 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 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) to Earth happens on Thu May 23 2019 at a distance of 1.92175752 Astronomical Units, or 287,490,834 kilometers:

Thu May 23 2019

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

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is 19.20.


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 R3 (Lemmon), 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 R3 (Lemmon) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) rise and set times

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

Today's Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 125.2°
Max altitude: 3.3°
Azimuth: 234.8°
Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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 R3 (Lemmon) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) at epoch 09 February 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458524.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99932026
Orbit inclination i 69.71560695°
Perihelion distance q 1.29059823 AU
193,070,747 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,796.04267147 AU
567,879,901,878 km
Semi-major axis a 1,898.66663485 AU
284,036,486,312 km
Orbital period period 82,733.4800 years
30,218,402.7258 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-07 04:46:35
2,458,641.6990 JD
Next perihelion transit 84754-Aug-10 22:11
32,677,044.4248 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 112.87603845307°
Longitude of the ascending node node 324.62619601396°
Mean anomaly M 359.99860377637°
Mean motion n 0.00001191°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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 R3 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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 R3 (Lemmon) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 15 10h 38m 08s -33° 43’ 28” 19.09 Antlia
2020 Jan 16 10h 36m 48s -33° 56’ 57” 19.11 Antlia
2020 Jan 17 10h 35m 29s -34° 10’ 06” 19.12 Antlia
2020 Jan 18 10h 34m 06s -34° 22’ 58” 19.14 Antlia
2020 Jan 19 10h 32m 44s -34° 35’ 29” 19.15 Antlia
2020 Jan 20 10h 31m 18s -34° 47’ 40” 19.17 Antlia
2020 Jan 21 10h 29m 53s -34° 59’ 31” 19.19 Antlia
2020 Jan 22 10h 28m 24s -35° 11’ 03” 19.20 Antlia
2020 Jan 23 10h 26m 57s -35° 22’ 13” 19.22 Antlia
2020 Jan 24 10h 25m 27s -35° 33’ 02” 19.23 Antlia
2020 Jan 25 10h 23m 56s -35° 43’ 28” 19.25 Antlia
2020 Jan 26 10h 22m 23s -35° 53’ 34” 19.27 Antlia
2020 Jan 27 10h 20m 49s -36° 03’ 16” 19.28 Antlia
2020 Jan 28 10h 19m 15s -36° 12’ 37” 19.30 Antlia