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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 16m 38s and the Declination is +61° 21’ 31”.

18h 16m 38s
+61° 21’ 31”

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 January, 27 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 16m 38s
Dec: +61° 21’ 31”
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 596,649,737 kilometers, equivalent to 3.988357 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 10.2093 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 10.2093 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 1.91262631 Astronomical Units, or 286,124,824 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 16.19.


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 09:52 UTC (altitude: 80.1°)

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 02 September 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458729.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99986621
Orbit inclination i 82.42461656°
Perihelion distance q 1.70470394 AU
255,020,080 km
Aphelion distance Q 25,481.82600190 AU
3,812,026,919,077 km
Semi-major axis a 12,741.76535292 AU
1,906,140,969,578 km
Orbital period period 1,438,310.3500 years
525,342,856.7759 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-01 19:16:00
2,459,185.3028 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 193.44135331803°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.587058770909°
Mean anomaly M 359.9996876535°
Mean motion n 0.00000069°/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 Jan 20 18h 09m 20s +60° 50’ 26” 16.28 Draco
2020 Jan 21 18h 10m 22s +60° 54’ 06” 16.27 Draco
2020 Jan 22 18h 11m 25s +60° 58’ 00” 16.26 Draco
2020 Jan 23 18h 12m 26s +61° 02’ 05” 16.24 Draco
2020 Jan 24 18h 13m 27s +61° 06’ 24” 16.23 Draco
2020 Jan 25 18h 14m 29s +61° 10’ 56” 16.22 Draco
2020 Jan 26 18h 15m 29s +61° 15’ 42” 16.20 Draco
2020 Jan 27 18h 16m 28s +61° 20’ 39” 16.19 Draco
2020 Jan 28 18h 17m 27s +61° 25’ 50” 16.18 Draco
2020 Jan 29 18h 18m 27s +61° 31’ 14” 16.16 Draco
2020 Jan 30 18h 19m 24s +61° 36’ 51” 16.15 Draco
2020 Jan 31 18h 20m 22s +61° 42’ 42” 16.13 Draco
2020 Feb 01 18h 21m 19s +61° 48’ 44” 16.12 Draco
2020 Feb 02 18h 22m 15s +61° 55’ 00” 16.11 Draco