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Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Lynx. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is 07h 45m 14s and the Declination is +40° 58’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is 12.89 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 10.5 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) [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 45m 14s
+40° 58’ 37”
  • C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-West direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • See also C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 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 L3 (ATLAS) in Lynx on October, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) in Lynx on October, 26 2021
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 L3 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)
RA: 07h 45m 14s
Dec: +40° 58’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 491,896,265 kilometers, equivalent to 3.288123 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 20.7893 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 20.7893 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 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 L3 (ATLAS) 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 L3 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Jan 7 2022 at a distance of 2.580889 Astronomical Units, or 386,095,454 kilometers:

Fri Jan 7 2022

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

Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is 12.89.


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 L3 (ATLAS), 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 L3 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) is circumpolar and transits at 05:25 UTC (altitude: 79.5°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 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 L3 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 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 L3 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Oct 19 07h 42m 15s +41° 37’ 08” 12.98 Lynx
2021 Oct 20 07h 42m 42s +41° 32’ 03” 12.97 Lynx
2021 Oct 21 07h 43m 09s +41° 26’ 57” 12.96 Lynx
2021 Oct 22 07h 43m 36s +41° 21’ 51” 12.95 Lynx
2021 Oct 23 07h 44m 00s +41° 16’ 42” 12.94 Lynx
2021 Oct 24 07h 44m 24s +41° 11’ 35” 12.92 Lynx
2021 Oct 25 07h 44m 44s +41° 06’ 25” 12.91 Lynx
2021 Oct 26 07h 45m 05s +41° 01’ 15” 12.90 Lynx
2021 Oct 27 07h 45m 24s +40° 56’ 04” 12.89 Lynx
2021 Oct 28 07h 45m 41s +40° 50’ 53” 12.88 Lynx
2021 Oct 29 07h 45m 56s +40° 45’ 39” 12.86 Lynx
2021 Oct 30 07h 46m 11s +40° 40’ 24” 12.85 Lynx
2021 Oct 31 07h 46m 23s +40° 35’ 09” 12.84 Lynx
2021 Nov 01 07h 46m 36s +40° 29’ 53” 12.83 Lynx