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Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS)

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Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) Position

Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Fornax. The current Right Ascension is 03h 17m 23s and the Declination is -38° 19’ 51”.

03h 17m 23s
-38° 19’ 51”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) in Fornax on March, 29 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 K1 (ATLAS)
RA: 03h 17m 23s
Dec: -38° 19’ 51”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 369,048,511 kilometers, equivalent to 2.466937 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 31.0133 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 31.0133 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 K1 (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 K1 (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 K1 (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 K1 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Mon Feb 24 2020 at a distance of 2.28735446 Astronomical Units, or 342,183,357 kilometers:

Mon Feb 24 2020

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

Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) is 16.50.


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 K1 (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 K1 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) 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 K1 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 128.5°
Max altitude: 0.0°
Azimuth: 231.5°
Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) 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 K1 (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 K1 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) at epoch 29 May 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458633.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00072051
Orbit inclination i 87.15967996°
Perihelion distance q 2.01271708 AU
301,098,190 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Feb-12 20:24:42
2,458,892.3505 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 265.67945991348°
Longitude of the ascending node node 73.37775416775°
Mean anomaly M -0.001727963546447°
Mean motion n 0.00000668°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 K1 (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 K1 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2019 K1 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 K1 (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 K1 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 02h 59m 49s -43° 21’ 29” 16.42 Eridanus
2020 Mar 23 03h 02m 12s -42° 42’ 16” 16.43 Eridanus
2020 Mar 24 03h 04m 31s -42° 03’ 20” 16.44 Eridanus
2020 Mar 25 03h 06m 47s -41° 24’ 39” 16.45 Eridanus
2020 Mar 26 03h 09m 01s -40° 46’ 18” 16.46 Eridanus
2020 Mar 27 03h 11m 12s -40° 08’ 13” 16.47 Eridanus
2020 Mar 28 03h 13m 23s -39° 30’ 29” 16.48 Eridanus
2020 Mar 29 03h 15m 30s -38° 53’ 03” 16.49 Fornax
2020 Mar 30 03h 17m 36s -38° 15’ 57” 16.50 Fornax
2020 Mar 31 03h 19m 41s -37° 39’ 12” 16.51 Fornax
2020 Apr 01 03h 21m 43s -37° 02’ 48” 16.52 Fornax
2020 Apr 02 03h 23m 44s -36° 26’ 44” 16.54 Fornax
2020 Apr 03 03h 25m 44s -35° 51’ 02” 16.55 Fornax
2020 Apr 04 03h 27m 41s -35° 15’ 41” 16.56 Fornax