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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 Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 20h 05m 01s and the Declination is -27° 12’ 36”.

20h 05m 01s
-27° 12’ 36”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) in Sagittarius on October, 16 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

C/2019 K7
RA: 20h 05m 01s
Dec: -27° 12’ 36”
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 702,671,180 kilometers, equivalent to 4.697067 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 3.8588 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) and arrive to us.

702,671,180
4.697067
39 minutes and 3.8588 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 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 3.64892742 Astronomical Units, or 545,871,773 kilometers:

Thu Jul 16 2020
545,871,773
3.648927

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 16.55.

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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 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 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: 117.2°
Max altitude: 11.4°
Azimuth: 242.9°
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, 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 K7 (Smith) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 K7 (Smith) at epoch 19 June 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458654.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00207826
Orbit inclination i 103.49010164°
Perihelion distance q 4.47505632 AU
669,458,898 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 19:34:35
2,459,017.3157 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 27.27829151085°
Longitude of the ascending node node 307.91653036617°
Mean anomaly M -0.0035788317595521°
Mean motion n 0.00000986°/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
2019 Oct 09 20h 08m 09s -28° 11’ 43” 16.53 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 10 20h 07m 40s -28° 03’ 34” 16.53 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 11 20h 07m 12s -27° 55’ 26” 16.53 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 12 20h 06m 43s -27° 47’ 17” 16.54 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 13 20h 06m 18s -27° 39’ 06” 16.54 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 14 20h 05m 53s -27° 30’ 57” 16.55 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 15 20h 05m 29s -27° 22’ 47” 16.55 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 16 20h 05m 07s -27° 14’ 38” 16.55 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 17 20h 04m 45s -27° 06’ 28” 16.56 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 18 20h 04m 24s -26° 58’ 18” 16.56 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 19 20h 04m 05s -26° 50’ 08” 16.56 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 20 20h 03m 47s -26° 41’ 57” 16.57 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 21 20h 03m 29s -26° 33’ 47” 16.57 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 22 20h 03m 14s -26° 25’ 38” 16.58 Sagittarius