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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 28m 12s and the Declination is -16° 06’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 19.17 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

15h 28m 12s
-16° 06’ 55”
Libra
19.17

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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.

Map showing Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in Libra on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in Libra on October, 22 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/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
RA: 15h 28m 12s
Dec: -16° 06’ 55”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) from Earth is currently 471,974,548 kilometers, equivalent to 3.154955 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 14.3376 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.

471,974,548
3.154955
26 minutes and 14.3376 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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/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 103,499,841 kilometers:

Thu Jul 23 2020
103,499,841
0.691854

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

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 19.17.

19.17
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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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 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/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.0°
Max altitude: 22.5°
Azimuth: 253.9°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) at epoch 02 July 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459033.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99918795
Orbit inclination i 128.93729296°
Perihelion distance q 0.29464930 AU
44,078,909 km
Aphelion distance Q 725.39820646 AU
108,518,027,314 km
Semi-major axis a 362.84642788 AU
54,281,053,111 km
Orbital period period 6,911.8200 years
2,524,542.6073 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jul-03 16:17:55
2,459,034.1791 JD
Next perihelion transit 8932-Jun-20 06:52
4,983,576.7864 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 37.278906971175°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.010639508011°
Mean anomaly M 359.99990315895°
Mean motion n 0.00014260°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 15 15h 20m 02s -14° 52’ 58” 18.74 Libra
2020 Oct 16 15h 21m 05s -15° 02’ 48” 18.80 Libra
2020 Oct 17 15h 22m 08s -15° 12’ 30” 18.85 Libra
2020 Oct 18 15h 23m 09s -15° 22’ 04” 18.91 Libra
2020 Oct 19 15h 24m 12s -15° 31’ 28” 18.96 Libra
2020 Oct 20 15h 25m 14s -15° 40’ 45” 19.02 Libra
2020 Oct 21 15h 26m 16s -15° 49’ 53” 19.07 Libra
2020 Oct 22 15h 27m 18s -15° 58’ 54” 19.12 Libra
2020 Oct 23 15h 28m 18s -16° 07’ 45” 19.17 Libra
2020 Oct 24 15h 29m 20s -16° 16’ 31” 19.23 Libra
2020 Oct 25 15h 30m 20s -16° 25’ 09” 19.28 Libra
2020 Oct 26 15h 31m 21s -16° 33’ 39” 19.33 Libra
2020 Oct 27 15h 32m 21s -16° 42’ 02” 19.38 Libra
2020 Oct 28 15h 33m 20s -16° 50’ 20” 19.43 Libra