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Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)

Altitude: -31.3°   Azimuth: 170.4°   Direction: South

Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Hydrus, at a distance of 1,591,513,891 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) in Hydrus on February,22 2024
Map showing Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) in Hydrus on February, 22 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is 02h 12m 18s and the Declination is -68° 37’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is 17.83 (JPL).

02h 12m 18s
-68° 37’ 52”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

  • C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)
Map showing Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) in Hydrus on February, 22 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)
RA: 02h 12m 18s
Dec: -68° 37’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 1,591,513,891 kilometers, equivalent to 10.638613 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 28 minutes and 28.7189 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 28 minutes and 28.7189 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 E3 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun Aug 25 2024 at a distance of 10.068436 Astronomical Units, or 1,506,216,634 kilometers:

Sun Aug 25 2024

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

Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2019 E3 (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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) as a function of time

Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) at epoch 19 November 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459538.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00243498
Orbit inclination i 84.29738129°
Perihelion distance q 10.31394846 AU
1,542,944,731 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Nov-13 14:23:26
2,460,262.0996 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 280.64089064799°
Longitude of the ascending node node 347.25339869462°
Mean anomaly M -0.0025870633441013°
Mean motion n 0.00000358°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 E3 (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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2019 E3 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 E3 (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/2019 E3 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 15 02h 11m 54s -69° 29’ 45” 17.82 Hydrus
2024 Feb 16 02h 11m 54s -69° 22’ 50” 17.82 Hydrus
2024 Feb 17 02h 11m 56s -69° 15’ 55” 17.82 Hydrus
2024 Feb 18 02h 11m 57s -69° 09’ 02” 17.82 Hydrus
2024 Feb 19 02h 12m 00s -69° 02’ 12” 17.82 Hydrus
2024 Feb 20 02h 12m 03s -68° 55’ 24” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 21 02h 12m 09s -68° 48’ 38” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 22 02h 12m 14s -68° 41’ 54” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 23 02h 12m 20s -68° 35’ 13” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 24 02h 12m 28s -68° 28’ 36” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 25 02h 12m 35s -68° 22’ 00” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 26 02h 12m 44s -68° 15’ 26” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 27 02h 12m 53s -68° 08’ 56” 17.83 Hydrus
2024 Feb 28 02h 13m 04s -68° 02’ 29” 17.83 Hydrus