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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 16h 28m 54s and the Declination is +69° 08’ 11”.

16h 28m 54s
+69° 08’ 11”

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 Draco on October, 16 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 28m 54s
Dec: +69° 08’ 11”
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 740,326,011 kilometers, equivalent to 4.948774 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 9.4618 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

41 minutes and 9.4618 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 1.91282194 Astronomical Units, or 286,154,090 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 17.31.


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 14:49 UTC (altitude: 72.3°)

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 03 August 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458699.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99994280
Orbit inclination i 82.42495302°
Perihelion distance q 1.70480547 AU
255,035,269 km
Aphelion distance Q 59,607.89725793 AU
8,917,214,524,573 km
Semi-major axis a 29,804.80103170 AU
4,458,734,779,921 km
Orbital period period 5,145,618.0100 years
1,879,436,977.6946 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-01 18:51:31
2,459,185.2858 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 193.43581572948°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.589899085968°
Mean anomaly M 359.99990694932°
Mean motion n 0.00000019°/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 Oct 09 16h 24m 15s +70° 36’ 38” 17.40 Ursa Minor
2019 Oct 10 16h 24m 50s +70° 24’ 12” 17.39 Ursa Minor
2019 Oct 11 16h 25m 26s +70° 11’ 52” 17.38 Ursa Minor
2019 Oct 12 16h 26m 03s +69° 59’ 35” 17.37 Ursa Minor
2019 Oct 13 16h 26m 42s +69° 47’ 22” 17.35 Ursa Minor
2019 Oct 14 16h 27m 21s +69° 35’ 15” 17.34 Draco
2019 Oct 15 16h 28m 03s +69° 23’ 12” 17.33 Draco
2019 Oct 16 16h 28m 44s +69° 11’ 13” 17.32 Draco
2019 Oct 17 16h 29m 26s +68° 59’ 21” 17.30 Draco
2019 Oct 18 16h 30m 11s +68° 47’ 33” 17.29 Draco
2019 Oct 19 16h 30m 56s +68° 35’ 49” 17.28 Draco
2019 Oct 20 16h 31m 41s +68° 24’ 12” 17.26 Draco
2019 Oct 21 16h 32m 29s +68° 12’ 41” 17.25 Draco
2019 Oct 22 16h 33m 15s +68° 01’ 14” 17.24 Draco