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Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is 12h 58m 46s and the Declination is +11° 21’ 58” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is 17.81 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.5 (COBS).

12h 58m 46s
+11° 21’ 58”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 78.6°
Max altitude: 49.9°
Azimuth: 281.4°
  • C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) 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/2020 F2 (ATLAS) in Virgo on April, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) in Virgo on April, 01 2023
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/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)
RA: 12h 58m 46s
Dec: +11° 21’ 58”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 1,194,108,541 kilometers, equivalent to 7.982123 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 6 minutes and 23.1174 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 6 minutes and 23.1174 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 F2 (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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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/2020 F2 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Wed Apr 20 2022 at a distance of 7.849454 Astronomical Units, or 1,174,261,674 kilometers:

Wed Apr 20 2022

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

Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) is 17.81.


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/2020 F2 (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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) as a function of time

Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) at epoch 24 June 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459390.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00363943
Orbit inclination i 163.57893815°
Perihelion distance q 8.81672477 AU
1,318,963,254 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jul-16 10:39:54
2,459,776.9444 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.374948164091°
Longitude of the ascending node node 250.25613477642°
Mean anomaly M -0.0031943326303542°
Mean motion n 0.00000827°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 F2 (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/2020 F2 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 F2 (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/2020 F2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 25 13h 03m 37s +10° 46’ 18” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 26 13h 02m 57s +10° 51’ 18” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 27 13h 02m 17s +10° 56’ 14” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 28 13h 01m 37s +11° 01’ 09” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 29 13h 00m 59s +11° 06’ 02” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 30 13h 00m 19s +11° 10’ 54” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Mar 31 12h 59m 39s +11° 15’ 42” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 01 12h 58m 59s +11° 20’ 29” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 02 12h 58m 18s +11° 25’ 13” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 03 12h 57m 39s +11° 29’ 53” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 04 12h 56m 59s +11° 34’ 32” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 05 12h 56m 20s +11° 39’ 07” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 06 12h 55m 40s +11° 43’ 41” 17.81 Virgo
2023 Apr 07 12h 55m 00s +11° 48’ 11” 17.82 Virgo