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Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)

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Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Position

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 13h 34m 54s and the Declination is +04° 03’ 08”.

13h 34m 54s
+04° 03’ 08”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in Virgo on July, 24 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 F1
RA: 13h 34m 54s
Dec: +04° 03’ 08”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) from Earth is currently 1,046,826,685 kilometers, equivalent to 6.997604 Astronomical Units. Light takes 58 minutes and 11.8380 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) and arrive to us.

58 minutes and 11.8380 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) to Earth happens on Mon Jun 21 2021 at a distance of 3.05116830 Astronomical Units, or 456,448,281 kilometers:

Mon Jun 21 2021

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

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is 18.21.


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 behvior 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 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 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/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 86.0°
Max altitude: 42.5°
Azimuth: 274.0°
Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) at epoch 14 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458588.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00246978
Orbit inclination i 54.16635351°
Perihelion distance q 3.59821834 AU
538,285,802 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jun-23 01:45:02
2,459,388.5729 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 251.0907735034°
Longitude of the ascending node node 38.728847968872°
Mean anomaly M -0.014180435765455°
Mean motion n 0.00001772°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
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Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jul 17 13h 34m 32s +04° 39’ 50” 18.22 Virgo
2019 Jul 18 13h 34m 33s +04° 34’ 49” 18.22 Virgo
2019 Jul 19 13h 34m 36s +04° 29’ 44” 18.22 Virgo
2019 Jul 20 13h 34m 39s +04° 24’ 38” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 21 13h 34m 41s +04° 19’ 30” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 22 13h 34m 45s +04° 14’ 20” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 23 13h 34m 50s +04° 09’ 07” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 24 13h 34m 54s +04° 03’ 54” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 25 13h 34m 59s +03° 58’ 36” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 26 13h 35m 04s +03° 53’ 18” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 27 13h 35m 11s +03° 47’ 58” 18.21 Virgo
2019 Jul 28 13h 35m 17s +03° 42’ 37” 18.20 Virgo
2019 Jul 29 13h 35m 25s +03° 37’ 14” 18.20 Virgo
2019 Jul 30 13h 35m 32s +03° 31’ 47” 18.20 Virgo