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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith)

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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) Position

Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 20h 29m 11s and the Declination is -13° 22’ 30”.

20h 29m 11s
-13° 22’ 30”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) in Capricornus on January, 27 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 K7 (Smith)
RA: 20h 29m 11s
Dec: -13° 22’ 30”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith)
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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) from Earth is currently 837,711,543 kilometers, equivalent to 5.599756 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 34.3049 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) and arrive to us.

46 minutes and 34.3049 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) to Earth happens on Thu Jul 16 2020 at a distance of 3.64926721 Astronomical Units, or 545,922,606 kilometers:

Thu Jul 16 2020

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

Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is 16.86.


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 K7 (Smith), 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 K7 (Smith) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.3°
Max altitude: 25.2°
Azimuth: 256.7°
Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) at epoch 21 July 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458686.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00169664
Orbit inclination i 103.48729756°
Perihelion distance q 4.47538048 AU
669,507,392 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jun-16 18:59:15
2,459,017.2911 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 27.269400688555°
Longitude of the ascending node node 307.91729971288°
Mean anomaly M -0.0024065668045339°
Mean motion n 0.00000728°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith)
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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 20 20h 25m 38s -14° 23’ 14” 16.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 21 20h 26m 08s -14° 14’ 48” 16.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 22 20h 26m 38s -14° 06’ 19” 16.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 23 20h 27m 07s -13° 57’ 48” 16.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 24 20h 27m 38s -13° 49’ 17” 16.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 25 20h 28m 08s -13° 40’ 44” 16.86 Capricornus
2020 Jan 26 20h 28m 37s -13° 32’ 08” 16.86 Capricornus
2020 Jan 27 20h 29m 08s -13° 23’ 31” 16.86 Capricornus
2020 Jan 28 20h 29m 36s -13° 14’ 53” 16.86 Capricornus
2020 Jan 29 20h 30m 06s -13° 06’ 14” 16.85 Capricornus
2020 Jan 30 20h 30m 37s -12° 57’ 32” 16.85 Capricornus
2020 Jan 31 20h 31m 06s -12° 48’ 47” 16.85 Capricornus
2020 Feb 01 20h 31m 36s -12° 40’ 03” 16.85 Capricornus
2020 Feb 02 20h 32m 06s -12° 31’ 15” 16.84 Capricornus