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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)

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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Position

Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 04m 12s and the Declination is +09° 45’ 46”.

03h 04m 12s
+09° 45’ 46”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) in Cetus on August, 21 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 K5
RA: 03h 04m 12s
Dec: +09° 45’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) from Earth is currently 256,756,220 kilometers, equivalent to 1.716309 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 16.4466 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 16.4466 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) 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 K5 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) to Earth happens on Wed Oct 9 2019 at a distance of 1.54876010 Astronomical Units, or 231,691,214 kilometers:

Wed Oct 9 2019

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

Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is 16.51.


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 K5 (Young), 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 K5 (Young) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 80.3°
Max altitude: 48.3°
Azimuth: 279.8°
Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) at epoch 05 June 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458640.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99092430
Orbit inclination i 15.31198000°
Perihelion distance q 2.03636800 AU
304,636,317 km
Aphelion distance Q 446.71535363 AU
66,827,665,846 km
Semi-major axis a 224.37586082 AU
33,566,151,082 km
Orbital period period 3,361.0300 years
1,227,616.2399 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-22 16:56:41
2,458,657.2060 JD
Next perihelion transit 5380-Jul-27 22:42
3,686,273.4460 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 174.89267°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.21009°
Mean anomaly M 359.99510093284°
Mean motion n 0.00029325°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young)
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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Aug 14 02h 53m 39s +10° 18’ 05” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 15 02h 55m 06s +10° 14’ 25” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 16 02h 56m 35s +10° 10’ 32” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 17 02h 58m 00s +10° 06’ 29” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 18 02h 59m 25s +10° 02’ 16” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 19 03h 00m 47s +09° 57’ 51” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 20 03h 02m 09s +09° 53’ 14” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 21 03h 03m 29s +09° 48’ 26” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 22 03h 04m 49s +09° 43’ 28” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 23 03h 06m 06s +09° 38’ 20” 16.51 Cetus
2019 Aug 24 03h 07m 22s +09° 33’ 01” 16.52 Cetus
2019 Aug 25 03h 08m 35s +09° 27’ 29” 16.52 Cetus
2019 Aug 26 03h 09m 47s +09° 21’ 48” 16.52 Cetus
2019 Aug 27 03h 10m 59s +09° 15’ 57” 16.52 Cetus