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Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Coma. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is 12h 18m 59s and the Declination is +32° 33’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is 15.00 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 12.4 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2019 N1 (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]:

12h 18m 59s
+32° 33’ 53”
Coma
12.4
15.00
  • C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 31° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • See also C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 N1 (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 N1 (ATLAS) in Coma on August, 15 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) in Coma on August, 15 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 N1 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)
RA: 12h 18m 59s
Dec: +32° 33’ 53”
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 from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 429,311,128 kilometers, equivalent to 2.869768 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 52.0278 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

429,311,128
2.869768
23 minutes and 52.0278 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 1.91247901 Astronomical Units, or 286,102,788 kilometers:

Mon Feb 8 2021
286,102,788
1.912479

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 15.00.

15.00
12.4
2.8'

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

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

Today's Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 57.3°
Max altitude: 71.0°
Azimuth: 302.8°

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 09 February 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458889.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99985854
Orbit inclination i 82.42438803°
Perihelion distance q 1.70467639 AU
255,015,959 km
Aphelion distance Q 24,100.19347090 AU
3,605,337,633,935 km
Semi-major axis a 12,050.94907365 AU
1,802,796,324,947 km
Orbital period period 1,322,939.7900 years
483,203,758.4067 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-01 19:25:43
2,459,185.3095 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 193.44385648707°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.578805278526°
Mean anomaly M 359.99977961381°
Mean motion n 0.00000075°/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 Aug 08 12h 13m 41s +36° 21’ 25” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 09 12h 14m 21s +35° 50’ 26” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 10 12h 15m 05s +35° 19’ 32” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 11 12h 15m 47s +34° 48’ 39” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 12 12h 16m 30s +34° 17’ 52” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 13 12h 17m 13s +33° 47’ 08” 15.00 Canes Venatici
2020 Aug 14 12h 17m 57s +33° 16’ 27” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 15 12h 18m 42s +32° 45’ 51” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 16 12h 19m 27s +32° 15’ 18” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 17 12h 20m 12s +31° 44’ 48” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 18 12h 20m 57s +31° 14’ 23” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 19 12h 21m 42s +30° 44’ 02” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 20 12h 22m 28s +30° 13’ 45” 15.00 Coma
2020 Aug 21 12h 23m 16s +29° 43’ 31” 15.00 Coma