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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 Libra. The current Right Ascension is 14h 53m 39s and the Declination is -18° 10’ 57”.

14h 53m 39s
-18° 10’ 57”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) in Libra on March, 28 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano)
RA: 14h 53m 39s
Dec: -18° 10’ 57”
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 675,375,216 kilometers, equivalent to 4.514604 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 32.8092 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) and arrive to us.

37 minutes and 32.8092 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 (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 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 3.05104290 Astronomical Units, or 456,429,521 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 16.20.


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/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: 108.2°
Max altitude: 20.4°
Azimuth: 251.8°
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, 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 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) at epoch 05 May 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458609.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00286533
Orbit inclination i 54.17059501°
Perihelion distance q 3.59765275 AU
538,201,192 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 21:53:12
2,459,388.4119 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 251.09034270222°
Longitude of the ascending node node 38.7268853944°
Mean anomaly M -0.017255461631062°
Mean motion n 0.00002215°/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
2020 Mar 21 14h 56m 58s -17° 43’ 14” 16.29 Libra
2020 Mar 22 14h 56m 35s -17° 47’ 03” 16.28 Libra
2020 Mar 23 14h 56m 09s -17° 50’ 52” 16.26 Libra
2020 Mar 24 14h 55m 44s -17° 54’ 38” 16.25 Libra
2020 Mar 25 14h 55m 17s -17° 58’ 24” 16.24 Libra
2020 Mar 26 14h 54m 48s -18° 02’ 08” 16.23 Libra
2020 Mar 27 14h 54m 20s -18° 05’ 52” 16.21 Libra
2020 Mar 28 14h 53m 51s -18° 09’ 33” 16.20 Libra
2020 Mar 29 14h 53m 21s -18° 13’ 13” 16.19 Libra
2020 Mar 30 14h 52m 50s -18° 16’ 51” 16.18 Libra
2020 Mar 31 14h 52m 18s -18° 20’ 29” 16.16 Libra
2020 Apr 01 14h 51m 46s -18° 24’ 05” 16.15 Libra
2020 Apr 02 14h 51m 12s -18° 27’ 39” 16.14 Libra
2020 Apr 03 14h 50m 39s -18° 31’ 11” 16.13 Libra