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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 19m 55s and the Declination is +01° 36’ 13”.

03h 19m 55s
+01° 36’ 13”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) in Cetus on January, 25 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

C/2019 K5 (Young)
RA: 03h 19m 55s
Dec: +01° 36’ 13”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)
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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) from Earth is currently 424,994,752 kilometers, equivalent to 2.840914 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 37.6299 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) and arrive to us.

23 minutes and 37.6299 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 (Young) 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 1.54609487 Astronomical Units, or 231,292,502 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 19.01.


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 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: 88.4°
Max altitude: 40.1°
Azimuth: 271.5°
Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) at epoch 12 August 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458708.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98651990
Orbit inclination i 15.31551456°
Perihelion distance q 2.03504314 AU
304,438,121 km
Aphelion distance Q 299.89785113 AU
44,864,080,047 km
Semi-major axis a 150.96644714 AU
22,584,259,084 km
Orbital period period 1,854.9400 years
677,515.2554 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-22 17:59:10
2,458,657.2494 JD
Next perihelion transit 3874-Jun-13 00:06
3,136,172.5048 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 174.91564100342°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.1886211341°
Mean anomaly M 0.02723216540888°
Mean motion n 0.00053135°/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
2020 Jan 18 03h 15m 42s +00° 49’ 27” 18.81 Cetus
2020 Jan 19 03h 16m 13s +00° 55’ 23” 18.84 Cetus
2020 Jan 20 03h 16m 44s +01° 01’ 23” 18.87 Cetus
2020 Jan 21 03h 17m 16s +01° 07’ 23” 18.89 Cetus
2020 Jan 22 03h 17m 48s +01° 13’ 27” 18.92 Cetus
2020 Jan 23 03h 18m 20s +01° 19’ 32” 18.95 Cetus
2020 Jan 24 03h 18m 56s +01° 25’ 40” 18.97 Cetus
2020 Jan 25 03h 19m 31s +01° 31’ 49” 19.00 Cetus
2020 Jan 26 03h 20m 05s +01° 37’ 59” 19.02 Cetus
2020 Jan 27 03h 20m 43s +01° 44’ 12” 19.05 Cetus
2020 Jan 28 03h 21m 20s +01° 50’ 25” 19.08 Cetus
2020 Jan 29 03h 21m 59s +01° 56’ 39” 19.10 Cetus
2020 Jan 30 03h 22m 37s +02° 02’ 53” 19.13 Cetus
2020 Jan 31 03h 23m 17s +02° 09’ 10” 19.15 Cetus