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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)

Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is currently in the constellation of Canis Minoris. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is 07h 11m 10s and the Declination is +06° 13’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) is 22.52 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) [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]:

07h 11m 10s
+06° 13’ 42”
Canis Minoris
  • C/2019 K5 (Young) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 14° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 K5 (Young) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2019 K5 (Young) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) 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 K5 (Young) in Canis Minoris on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) in Canis Minoris on October, 27 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 K5 (Young) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 K5 (Young)
RA: 07h 11m 10s
Dec: +06° 13’ 42”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 K5 (Young)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) from Earth is currently 771,417,547 kilometers, equivalent to 5.156608 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 53.1720 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K5 (Young) and arrive to us.

42 minutes and 53.1720 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 1.546089 Astronomical Units, or 231,291,692 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 22.52.


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: 83.8°
Max altitude: 44.8°
Azimuth: 276.2°

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 29 August 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458725.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98652219
Orbit inclination i 15.31544066°
Perihelion distance q 2.03504463 AU
304,438,345 km
Aphelion distance Q 299.94937264 AU
44,871,787,555 km
Semi-major axis a 150.99220864 AU
22,588,112,950 km
Orbital period period 1,855.4100 years
677,688.6835 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-22 18:00:47
2,458,657.2505 JD
Next perihelion transit 3874-Dec-03 10:25
3,136,345.9341 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 174.91617224315°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.18853914304°
Mean anomaly M 0.036255294325794°
Mean motion n 0.00053122°/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 Oct 20 07h 11m 03s +06° 33’ 17” 22.50 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 21 07h 11m 07s +06° 30’ 33” 22.51 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 22 07h 11m 08s +06° 27’ 51” 22.51 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 23 07h 11m 11s +06° 25’ 10” 22.51 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 24 07h 11m 12s +06° 22’ 32” 22.52 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 25 07h 11m 12s +06° 19’ 54” 22.52 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 26 07h 11m 12s +06° 17’ 18” 22.52 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 27 07h 11m 11s +06° 14’ 45” 22.52 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 28 07h 11m 08s +06° 12’ 14” 22.53 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 29 07h 11m 05s +06° 09’ 43” 22.53 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 30 07h 11m 03s +06° 07’ 15” 22.53 Canis Minoris
2020 Oct 31 07h 10m 59s +06° 04’ 50” 22.54 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 01 07h 10m 54s +06° 02’ 26” 22.54 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 02 07h 10m 47s +06° 00’ 06” 22.54 Canis Minoris