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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith)

Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is currently in the constellation of Hercules. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is 18h 25m 26s and the Declination is +18° 57’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) is 16.50 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) [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]:

18h 25m 26s
+18° 57’ 12”
Hercules
16.50

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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) 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 K7 (Smith) in Hercules on October, 25 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) in Hercules on October, 25 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 K7 (Smith) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 K7 (Smith)
RA: 18h 25m 26s
Dec: +18° 57’ 12”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) from Earth is currently 717,630,391 kilometers, equivalent to 4.797063 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 53.7573 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) and arrive to us.

717,630,391
4.797063
39 minutes and 53.7573 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 3.649300 Astronomical Units, or 545,927,467 kilometers:

Thu Jul 16 2020
545,927,467
3.649300

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 16.50.

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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 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: 71.0°
Max altitude: 57.5°
Azimuth: 288.9°

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 19 March 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458928.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00217438
Orbit inclination i 103.51983785°
Perihelion distance q 4.47504248 AU
669,456,828 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 20:17:29
2,459,017.3455 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 27.283548480772°
Longitude of the ascending node node 307.91863653997°
Mean anomaly M -0.00093788147090978°
Mean motion n 0.00001056°/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 Oct 18 18h 25m 01s +19° 02’ 21” 16.45 Hercules
2020 Oct 19 18h 25m 03s +19° 01’ 26” 16.46 Hercules
2020 Oct 20 18h 25m 05s +19° 00’ 34” 16.46 Hercules
2020 Oct 21 18h 25m 06s +18° 59’ 48” 16.47 Hercules
2020 Oct 22 18h 25m 10s +18° 59’ 04” 16.48 Hercules
2020 Oct 23 18h 25m 14s +18° 58’ 26” 16.49 Hercules
2020 Oct 24 18h 25m 19s +18° 57’ 51” 16.50 Hercules
2020 Oct 25 18h 25m 24s +18° 57’ 20” 16.50 Hercules
2020 Oct 26 18h 25m 32s +18° 56’ 54” 16.51 Hercules
2020 Oct 27 18h 25m 38s +18° 56’ 32” 16.52 Hercules
2020 Oct 28 18h 25m 46s +18° 56’ 14” 16.53 Hercules
2020 Oct 29 18h 25m 55s +18° 56’ 02” 16.53 Hercules
2020 Oct 30 18h 26m 04s +18° 55’ 54” 16.54 Hercules
2020 Oct 31 18h 26m 14s +18° 55’ 50” 16.55 Hercules