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Comet C/2019 K4

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Comet C/2019 K4 Position

Comet C/2019 K4 is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 00h 03m 44s and the Declination is +06° 09’ 31”.

00h 03m 44s
+06° 09’ 31”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 K4 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K4 in Pisces on September, 21 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 K4 is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 K4
RA: 00h 03m 44s
Dec: +06° 09’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K4
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 K4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 K4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 K4 Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 K4 from Earth is currently 226,282,627 kilometers, equivalent to 1.512606 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 34.7976 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K4 and arrive to us.

226,282,627
1.512606
12 minutes and 34.7976 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 K4 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 K4 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 K4 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 K4 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 K4 to Earth happens on Tue Sep 17 2019 at a distance of 1.50689854 Astronomical Units, or 225,428,813 kilometers:

Tue Sep 17 2019
225,428,813
1.506899

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

Comet C/2019 K4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 K4 is 17.30.

17.30
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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 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 K4, 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 K4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 K4 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 K4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 84.3°
Max altitude: 44.8°
Azimuth: 276.1°
Comet C/2019 K4 is above 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 K4 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 K4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K4 at epoch 08 June 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458643.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99906835
Orbit inclination i 105.30654751°
Perihelion distance q 2.25940377 AU
338,001,994 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,848.08813971 AU
725,263,664,120 km
Semi-major axis a 2,425.17377174 AU
362,800,833,057 km
Orbital period period 119,432.4900 years
43,622,717.9239 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-16 10:03:17
2,458,650.9190 JD
Next perihelion transit 121454-May-27 08:13
46,081,368.8429 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 139.77164554441°
Longitude of the ascending node node 180.16406096684°
Mean anomaly M 359.99993877446°
Mean motion n 0.00000825°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 K4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 K4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 K4 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!

Comet C/2019 K4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 K4 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 K4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Sep 14 00h 18m 55s +11° 54’ 43” 17.23 Pisces
2019 Sep 15 00h 16m 46s +11° 07’ 05” 17.24 Pisces
2019 Sep 16 00h 14m 39s +10° 19’ 10” 17.25 Pisces
2019 Sep 17 00h 12m 32s +09° 31’ 01” 17.25 Pisces
2019 Sep 18 00h 10m 23s +08° 42’ 42” 17.26 Pisces
2019 Sep 19 00h 08m 17s +07° 54’ 14” 17.27 Pisces
2019 Sep 20 00h 06m 10s +07° 05’ 43” 17.28 Pisces
2019 Sep 21 00h 04m 04s +06° 17’ 12” 17.30 Pisces
2019 Sep 22 00h 01m 58s +05° 28’ 45” 17.31 Pisces
2019 Sep 23 23h 59m 53s +04° 40’ 24” 17.32 Pisces
2019 Sep 24 23h 57m 50s +03° 52’ 14” 17.34 Pisces
2019 Sep 25 23h 55m 46s +03° 04’ 18” 17.35 Pisces
2019 Sep 26 23h 53m 44s +02° 16’ 41” 17.37 Pisces
2019 Sep 27 23h 51m 43s +01° 29’ 22” 17.39 Pisces