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Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS)

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Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) Position

Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Pegasus. The current Right Ascension is 23h 55m 05s and the Declination is +13° 45’ 48”.

23h 55m 05s
+13° 45’ 48”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2019 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS) in Pegasus on February, 25 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS)
RA: 23h 55m 05s
Dec: +13° 45’ 48”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 240,091,512 kilometers, equivalent to 1.604913 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 20.8591 seconds to travel from Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 20.8591 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2019 Y1 (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 Y1 (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 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun May 3 2020 at a distance of 1.11699413 Astronomical Units, or 167,099,944 kilometers:

Sun May 3 2020

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

Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) is 11.89.


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 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) rise and set times

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

Today's Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 76.3°
Max altitude: 52.4°
Azimuth: 284.2°
Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2019 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) at epoch 24 December 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458842.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00027873
Orbit inclination i 73.40215920°
Perihelion distance q 0.84169971 AU
125,916,484 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-15 12:48:04
2,458,924.0334 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 57.196652716473°
Longitude of the ascending node node 31.27547752246°
Mean anomaly M -0.00048427064390384°
Mean motion n 0.00000594°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2019 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2019 Y1 (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 Y1 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Feb 18 23h 51m 33s +07° 40’ 50” 12.60 Pisces
2020 Feb 19 23h 52m 00s +08° 29’ 34” 12.49 Pegasus
2020 Feb 20 23h 52m 28s +09° 18’ 28” 12.40 Pegasus
2020 Feb 21 23h 52m 58s +10° 07’ 32” 12.30 Pegasus
2020 Feb 22 23h 53m 26s +10° 56’ 48” 12.20 Pegasus
2020 Feb 23 23h 53m 56s +11° 46’ 14” 12.11 Pegasus
2020 Feb 24 23h 54m 24s +12° 35’ 53” 12.02 Pegasus
2020 Feb 25 23h 54m 53s +13° 25’ 45” 11.93 Pegasus
2020 Feb 26 23h 55m 23s +14° 15’ 47” 11.84 Pegasus
2020 Feb 27 23h 55m 53s +15° 06’ 03” 11.75 Pegasus
2020 Feb 28 23h 56m 21s +15° 56’ 33” 11.67 Pegasus
2020 Feb 29 23h 56m 52s +16° 47’ 16” 11.59 Pegasus
2020 Mar 01 23h 57m 20s +17° 38’ 12” 11.52 Pegasus
2020 Mar 02 23h 57m 51s +18° 29’ 21” 11.44 Pegasus