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Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano)

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Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) Position

Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) is currently in the constellation of Phoenix. The current Right Ascension is 01h 33m 07s and the Declination is -40° 34’ 47”.

01h 33m 07s
-40° 34’ 47”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) in Phoenix on April, 04 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 B1 (Africano)
RA: 01h 33m 07s
Dec: -40° 34’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) from Earth is currently 793,050,752 kilometers, equivalent to 5.301217 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 5.3326 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 5.3326 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) 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/2019 B1 (Africano) 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/2019 B1 (Africano) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) to Earth happens on Mon Feb 11 2019 at a distance of 0.92470044 Astronomical Units, or 138,333,217 kilometers:

Mon Feb 11 2019

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

Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) is 29.62.


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/2019 B1 (Africano), 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/2019 B1 (Africano) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) rise and set times

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

Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) 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/2019 B1 (Africano) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) at epoch 12 February 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458527.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98949002
Orbit inclination i 123.36168285°
Perihelion distance q 1.59724943 AU
238,945,114 km
Aphelion distance Q 302.35190179 AU
45,231,200,801 km
Semi-major axis a 151.97457561 AU
22,735,072,958 km
Orbital period period 1,873.5500 years
684,313.0715 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Mar-19 22:18:51
2,458,562.4298 JD
Next perihelion transit 3892-Oct-19 00:01
3,142,875.5013 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 174.88781179432°
Longitude of the ascending node node 290.4336753697°
Mean anomaly M 359.98162432348°
Mean motion n 0.00052608°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) 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/2019 B1 (Africano)
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Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2019 B1 (Africano) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 28 01h 28m 46s -40° 55’ 42” 29.48 Phoenix
2020 Mar 29 01h 29m 18s -40° 52’ 36” 29.50 Phoenix
2020 Mar 30 01h 29m 52s -40° 49’ 39” 29.52 Phoenix
2020 Mar 31 01h 30m 24s -40° 46’ 49” 29.54 Phoenix
2020 Apr 01 01h 30m 57s -40° 44’ 07” 29.55 Phoenix
2020 Apr 02 01h 31m 31s -40° 41’ 33” 29.57 Phoenix
2020 Apr 03 01h 32m 03s -40° 39’ 06” 29.59 Phoenix
2020 Apr 04 01h 32m 36s -40° 36’ 47” 29.60 Phoenix
2020 Apr 05 01h 33m 10s -40° 34’ 36” 29.62 Phoenix
2020 Apr 06 01h 33m 42s -40° 32’ 34” 29.64 Phoenix
2020 Apr 07 01h 34m 15s -40° 30’ 38” 29.65 Phoenix
2020 Apr 08 01h 34m 50s -40° 28’ 50” 29.67 Phoenix
2020 Apr 09 01h 35m 22s -40° 27’ 11” 29.69 Phoenix
2020 Apr 10 01h 35m 56s -40° 25’ 41” 29.70 Phoenix