Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 15h 21m 36s and the Declination is -27° 24’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 23.42 (JPL).
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Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) from Earth is currently 574,480,856 kilometers, equivalent to 3.840167 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 56.2619 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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.
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 F3 (NEOWISE) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) to Earth happens on Thu Jul 23 2020 at a distance of 0.691854 Astronomical Units, or 103,499,936 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) brightness
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 F3 (NEOWISE), 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.
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.29464931 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Jul-03 16:17:55
|Next perihelion transit||8932-Aug-25 10:39
|Argument of perihelion||peri||37.278888732059°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||61.010536235024°|
Visualization of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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!
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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 F3 (NEOWISE) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 May 10||15h 31m 32s||-27° 44’ 07”||23.28||Libra|
|2021 May 11||15h 30m 15s||-27° 41’ 51”||23.30||Libra|
|2021 May 12||15h 28m 58s||-27° 39’ 29”||23.31||Libra|
|2021 May 13||15h 27m 41s||-27° 37’ 04”||23.33||Libra|
|2021 May 14||15h 26m 23s||-27° 34’ 33”||23.35||Libra|
|2021 May 15||15h 25m 08s||-27° 31’ 59”||23.36||Libra|
|2021 May 16||15h 23m 52s||-27° 29’ 20”||23.38||Libra|
|2021 May 17||15h 22m 36s||-27° 26’ 38”||23.40||Libra|
|2021 May 18||15h 21m 21s||-27° 23’ 51”||23.42||Libra|
|2021 May 19||15h 20m 08s||-27° 21’ 02”||23.44||Libra|
|2021 May 20||15h 18m 53s||-27° 18’ 07”||23.45||Libra|
|2021 May 21||15h 17m 40s||-27° 15’ 11”||23.47||Libra|
|2021 May 22||15h 16m 28s||-27° 12’ 11”||23.49||Libra|
|2021 May 23||15h 15m 18s||-27° 09’ 10”||23.51||Libra|