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Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)

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Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) Position

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Draco. The current Right Ascension is 18h 33m 47s and the Declination is +73° 03’ 00”.

18h 33m 47s
+73° 03’ 00”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) in Draco on March, 28 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)
RA: 18h 33m 47s
Dec: +73° 03’ 00”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 502,913,186 kilometers, equivalent to 3.361767 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 57.5378 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 57.5378 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 N1 (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 N1 (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 N1 (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 N1 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Mon Feb 8 2021 at a distance of 1.91265175 Astronomical Units, or 286,128,630 kilometers:

Mon Feb 8 2021

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

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is 15.27.


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 N1 (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 N1 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) rise and set times

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is circumpolar and transits at 06:09 UTC (altitude: 68.4°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 N1 (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 N1 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) at epoch 04 September 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458731.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99987696
Orbit inclination i 82.42460414°
Perihelion distance q 1.70469989 AU
255,019,474 km
Aphelion distance Q 27,707.61373043 AU
4,145,000,024,563 km
Semi-major axis a 13,854.65921516 AU
2,072,627,522,019 km
Orbital period period 1,630,804.7700 years
595,651,443.5815 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-01 19:11:59
2,459,185.3000 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 193.44105453176°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.587053503836°
Mean anomaly M 359.99972573222°
Mean motion n 0.00000060°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 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 N1 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 N1 (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 N1 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 21 18h 41m 03s +71° 02’ 31” 15.39 Draco
2020 Mar 22 18h 40m 23s +71° 18’ 27” 15.37 Draco
2020 Mar 23 18h 39m 37s +71° 34’ 30” 15.36 Draco
2020 Mar 24 18h 38m 45s +71° 50’ 39” 15.34 Draco
2020 Mar 25 18h 37m 49s +72° 06’ 56” 15.32 Draco
2020 Mar 26 18h 36m 46s +72° 23’ 17” 15.31 Draco
2020 Mar 27 18h 35m 36s +72° 39’ 44” 15.29 Draco
2020 Mar 28 18h 34m 21s +72° 56’ 17” 15.28 Draco
2020 Mar 29 18h 32m 58s +73° 12’ 52” 15.26 Draco
2020 Mar 30 18h 31m 28s +73° 29’ 31” 15.24 Draco
2020 Mar 31 18h 29m 50s +73° 46’ 14” 15.23 Draco
2020 Apr 01 18h 28m 05s +74° 02’ 57” 15.21 Draco
2020 Apr 02 18h 26m 09s +74° 19’ 41” 15.20 Draco
2020 Apr 03 18h 24m 06s +74° 36’ 24” 15.18 Draco