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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 Ursa Minor. The current Right Ascension is 16h 52m 10s and the Declination is +80° 58’ 42”.

16h 52m 10s
+80° 58’ 42”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) in Ursa Minor on August, 21 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 N1
RA: 16h 52m 10s
Dec: +80° 58’ 42”
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 825,209,956 kilometers, equivalent to 5.516188 Astronomical Units. Light takes 45 minutes and 52.6041 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

45 minutes and 52.6041 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 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 1.90982726 Astronomical Units, or 285,706,092 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 17.93.


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 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 18:52 UTC (altitude: 60.5°)

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) at epoch 05 July 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458670.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99899660
Orbit inclination i 82.42433171°
Perihelion distance q 1.70428892 AU
254,957,995 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,395.32481463 AU
507,933,363,622 km
Semi-major axis a 1,698.51455178 AU
254,094,160,808 km
Orbital period period 70,002.2700 years
25,568,328.3459 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-02 02:17:53
2,459,185.5958 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 193.48776579401°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.583794480915°
Mean anomaly M 359.99274749333°
Mean motion n 0.00001408°/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
2019 Aug 14 17h 21m 38s +82° 23’ 40” 18.03 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 15 17h 17m 07s +82° 13’ 48” 18.02 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 16 17h 12m 50s +82° 03’ 36” 18.00 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 17 17h 08m 48s +81° 53’ 08” 17.99 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 18 17h 04m 59s +81° 42’ 26” 17.98 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 19 17h 01m 23s +81° 31’ 30” 17.97 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 20 16h 58m 00s +81° 20’ 21” 17.95 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 21 16h 54m 50s +81° 08’ 58” 17.94 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 22 16h 51m 51s +80° 57’ 25” 17.93 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 23 16h 49m 01s +80° 45’ 42” 17.91 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 24 16h 46m 24s +80° 33’ 48” 17.90 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 25 16h 43m 57s +80° 21’ 47” 17.89 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 26 16h 41m 39s +80° 09’ 35” 17.88 Ursa Minor
2019 Aug 27 16h 39m 29s +79° 57’ 16” 17.86 Ursa Minor