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Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is 13h 48m 54s and the Declination is -57° 58’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is 21.00 (JPL).

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13h 48m 54s
-57° 58’ 03”

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Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov) in Centaurus on August, 04 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) in Centaurus on August, 04 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 Q4 (Borisov) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
RA: 13h 48m 54s
Dec: -57° 58’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) from Earth is currently 796,059,220 kilometers, equivalent to 5.321327 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 15.3677 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 15.3677 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) to Earth happens on Sat Dec 28 2019 at a distance of 1.93675443 Astronomical Units, or 289,734,339 kilometers:

Sat Dec 28 2019

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

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is 21.00.


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 Q4 (Borisov), 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 Q4 (Borisov) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) rise and set times

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

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) at epoch 30 July 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459061.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 3.35619127
Orbit inclination i 44.05262620°
Perihelion distance q 2.00662401 AU
300,186,680 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-08 13:04:38
2,458,826.0449 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.12460562352°
Longitude of the ascending node node 308.14891546988°
Mean anomaly M 295.27657676339°
Mean motion n 1.25406741°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov)
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Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) 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 Q4 (Borisov) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jul 28 13h 40m 08s -58° 29’ 52” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Jul 29 13h 41m 21s -58° 25’ 09” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Jul 30 13h 42m 34s -58° 20’ 33” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Jul 31 13h 43m 49s -58° 16’ 00” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 01 13h 45m 02s -58° 11’ 33” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 02 13h 46m 17s -58° 07’ 09” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 03 13h 47m 30s -58° 02’ 49” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 04 13h 48m 44s -57° 58’ 36” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 05 13h 49m 59s -57° 54’ 25” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 06 13h 51m 15s -57° 50’ 20” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 07 13h 52m 29s -57° 46’ 18” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 08 13h 53m 44s -57° 42’ 21” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 09 13h 55m 00s -57° 38’ 30” 21.00 Centaurus
2020 Aug 10 13h 56m 14s -57° 34’ 41” 21.00 Centaurus