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Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Ursa Major. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is 11h 40m 14s and the Declination is +45° 54’ 05” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is 22.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

11h 40m 14s
+45° 54’ 05”
Ursa Major
22.00
  • C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) 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.

Map showing Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) in Ursa Major on August, 04 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) in Ursa Major on August, 04 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 J3 (ATLAS)
RA: 11h 40m 14s
Dec: +45° 54’ 05”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 772,132,755 kilometers, equivalent to 5.161389 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 55.5576 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

772,132,755
5.161389
42 minutes and 55.5576 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 J3 (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.

Distance of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) 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 J3 (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 J3 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Mon Jun 24 2019 at a distance of 1.39892988 Astronomical Units, or 209,276,931 kilometers:

Mon Jun 24 2019
209,276,931
1.398930

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

Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) is 22.00.

22.00
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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 J3 (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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) 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 J3 (ATLAS) is circumpolar and transits at 14:45 UTC (altitude: 84.4°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) 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 J3 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) at epoch 11 July 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458676.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00067018
Orbit inclination i 131.41497315°
Perihelion distance q 2.37352165 AU
355,073,786 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Aug-01 21:19:31
2,458,697.3886 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 16.551905979308°
Longitude of the ascending node node 270.51705001132°
Mean anomaly M -9.7680269207669E-5°
Mean motion n 0.00000468°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 J3 (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 J3 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2019 J3 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 J3 (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 J3 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jul 28 11h 38m 25s +46° 40’ 04” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Jul 29 11h 38m 38s +46° 33’ 20” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Jul 30 11h 38m 53s +46° 26’ 43” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Jul 31 11h 39m 06s +46° 20’ 09” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 01 11h 39m 23s +46° 13’ 42” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 02 11h 39m 38s +46° 07’ 19” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 03 11h 39m 55s +46° 01’ 02” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 04 11h 40m 11s +45° 54’ 51” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 05 11h 40m 28s +45° 48’ 46” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 06 11h 40m 46s +45° 42’ 44” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 07 11h 41m 06s +45° 36’ 48” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 08 11h 41m 25s +45° 30’ 59” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 09 11h 41m 44s +45° 25’ 14” 22.00 Ursa Major
2020 Aug 10 11h 42m 03s +45° 19’ 33” 22.00 Ursa Major