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Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)

Altitude: -36.7°   Azimuth: 18.9°   Direction: North-North-East

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is currently in the constellation of Cetus.

The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is 01h 52m 36s and the Declination is +00° 14’ 00” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is 18.93 (JPL).

01h 52m 36s
+00° 14’ 00”

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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 89.8°
Max altitude: 38.8°
Azimuth: 270.2°
  • C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in Cetus on December,08 2023
Map showing Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in Cetus on December, 08 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
Map showing Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in Cetus on December, 08 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
RA: 01h 52m 36s
Dec: +00° 14’ 00”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) from Earth is currently 1,122,256,971 kilometers, equivalent to 7.501824 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 2 minutes and 23.4463 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 2 minutes and 23.4463 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 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 F1 (ATLAS-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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) to Earth happens on Mon Jun 21 2021 at a distance of 3.051095 Astronomical Units, or 456,437,367 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 and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) as a function of time

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) at epoch 21 September 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459114.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00347452
Orbit inclination i 54.17572748°
Perihelion distance q 3.59596425 AU
537,948,595 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jun-22 18:56:25
2,459,388.2892 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 251.11223563354°
Longitude of the ascending node node 38.726263893839°
Mean anomaly M -0.008104743412094°
Mean motion n 0.00002960°/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
2023 Dec 01 01h 54m 54s +00° 01’ 41” 18.88 Cetus
2023 Dec 02 01h 54m 33s +00° 03’ 12” 18.89 Cetus
2023 Dec 03 01h 54m 14s +00° 04’ 46” 18.90 Cetus
2023 Dec 04 01h 53m 54s +00° 06’ 24” 18.91 Cetus
2023 Dec 05 01h 53m 35s +00° 08’ 03” 18.91 Cetus
2023 Dec 06 01h 53m 17s +00° 09’ 45” 18.92 Cetus
2023 Dec 07 01h 52m 59s +00° 11’ 30” 18.93 Cetus
2023 Dec 08 01h 52m 42s +00° 13’ 17” 18.93 Cetus
2023 Dec 09 01h 52m 26s +00° 15’ 06” 18.94 Cetus
2023 Dec 10 01h 52m 09s +00° 16’ 59” 18.95 Cetus
2023 Dec 11 01h 51m 52s +00° 18’ 55” 18.96 Cetus
2023 Dec 12 01h 51m 38s +00° 20’ 53” 18.96 Cetus
2023 Dec 13 01h 51m 21s +00° 22’ 54” 18.97 Cetus
2023 Dec 14 01h 51m 07s +00° 24’ 56” 18.98 Cetus