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Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar)

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Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) Position

Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) is currently in the constellation of Ursa Minor. The current Right Ascension is 14h 01m 08s and the Declination is +70° 21’ 52”.

14h 01m 08s
+70° 21’ 52”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) in Ursa Minor on July, 20 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 J2
RA: 14h 01m 08s
Dec: +70° 21’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) from Earth is currently 263,652,036 kilometers, equivalent to 1.762405 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 39.4485 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 39.4485 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) to Earth happens on Sun Jul 14 2019 at a distance of 1.75163379 Astronomical Units, or 262,040,685 kilometers:

Sun Jul 14 2019

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

Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) is 16.29.


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 J2 (Palomar), 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 J2 (Palomar) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 (Palomar) is circumpolar and transits at 18:08 UTC (altitude: 71.1°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 (Palomar) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) at epoch 12 May 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458616.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98275774
Orbit inclination i 105.22187580°
Perihelion distance q 1.72285755 AU
257,735,821 km
Aphelion distance Q 198.11840087 AU
29,638,090,977 km
Semi-major axis a 99.92062921 AU
14,947,913,399 km
Orbital period period 998.8300 years
364,822.1237 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-19 22:40:07
2,458,684.4445 JD
Next perihelion transit 3018-May-26 01:38
2,823,506.5682 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 98.903743085874°
Longitude of the ascending node node 25.567049120438°
Mean anomaly M 359.93295354017°
Mean motion n 0.00098678°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 (Palomar)
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Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 J2 (Palomar) 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 J2 (Palomar) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jul 13 14h 28m 55s +78° 24’ 38” 16.29 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 14 14h 22m 36s +77° 18’ 20” 16.28 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 15 14h 17m 22s +76° 11’ 26” 16.28 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 16 14h 13m 01s +75° 04’ 09” 16.28 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 17 14h 09m 23s +73° 56’ 35” 16.28 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 18 14h 06m 19s +72° 48’ 51” 16.29 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 19 14h 03m 42s +71° 41’ 06” 16.29 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 20 14h 01m 27s +70° 33’ 20” 16.29 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 21 13h 59m 32s +69° 25’ 41” 16.30 Ursa Minor
2019 Jul 22 13h 57m 55s +68° 18’ 12” 16.30 Draco
2019 Jul 23 13h 56m 30s +67° 10’ 58” 16.31 Draco
2019 Jul 24 13h 55m 18s +66° 04’ 00” 16.32 Draco
2019 Jul 25 13h 54m 15s +64° 57’ 20” 16.32 Draco
2019 Jul 26 13h 53m 21s +63° 51’ 06” 16.33 Draco