Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
🌎 Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Comets » 

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov)

Available Resources

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) Position

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) is currently in the constellation of Auriga. The current Right Ascension is 05h 03m 56s and the Declination is +43° 48’ 14”.

05h 03m 56s
+43° 48’ 14”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) in Auriga on April, 07 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
View fullscreen
 = 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 showing where Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 V1 (Borisov)
RA: 05h 03m 56s
Dec: +43° 48’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
View fullscreen

Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) from Earth is currently 533,428,022 kilometers, equivalent to 3.565746 Astronomical Units. Light takes 29 minutes and 39.3244 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) and arrive to us.

29 minutes and 39.3244 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 V1 (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 V1 (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 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) to Earth happens on Mon Dec 30 2019 at a distance of 2.69436968 Astronomical Units, or 403,071,968 kilometers:

Mon Dec 30 2019

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

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) is 19.56.


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 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov) is circumpolar and transits at 15:58 UTC (altitude: 82.3°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) at epoch 27 November 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458815.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99890899
Orbit inclination i 61.86135276°
Perihelion distance q 3.09661521 AU
463,247,042 km
Aphelion distance Q 5,673.48897603 AU
848,741,871,956 km
Semi-major axis a 2,838.29279562 AU
424,602,559,499 km
Orbital period period 151,214.6900 years
55,231,166.9293 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jul-16 14:43:14
2,459,047.1134 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 51.219231566707°
Longitude of the ascending node node 83.206340868148°
Mean anomaly M 359.99849033049°
Mean motion n 0.00000652°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov)
View Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2019 V1 (Borisov) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 V1 (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 V1 (Borisov) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 31 04h 57m 01s +42° 54’ 56” 19.53 Auriga
2020 Apr 01 04h 57m 53s +43° 02’ 17” 19.54 Auriga
2020 Apr 02 04h 58m 49s +43° 09’ 35” 19.54 Auriga
2020 Apr 03 04h 59m 44s +43° 16’ 55” 19.54 Auriga
2020 Apr 04 05h 00m 42s +43° 24’ 15” 19.55 Auriga
2020 Apr 05 05h 01m 40s +43° 31’ 35” 19.55 Auriga
2020 Apr 06 05h 02m 39s +43° 38’ 53” 19.56 Auriga
2020 Apr 07 05h 03m 39s +43° 46’ 14” 19.56 Auriga
2020 Apr 08 05h 04m 41s +43° 53’ 32” 19.57 Auriga
2020 Apr 09 05h 05m 45s +44° 00’ 51” 19.57 Auriga
2020 Apr 10 05h 06m 50s +44° 08’ 11” 19.57 Auriga
2020 Apr 11 05h 07m 55s +44° 15’ 29” 19.58 Auriga
2020 Apr 12 05h 09m 02s +44° 22’ 48” 19.58 Auriga
2020 Apr 13 05h 10m 10s +44° 30’ 06” 19.58 Auriga