Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Monoceros. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 06h 04m 29s and the Declination is -05° 46’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is 13.53 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 9.1 (COBS).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE):
Additional information about Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) available on TheSkyLive:
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.
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 242,159,287 kilometers, equivalent to 1.618735 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 27.7564 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 0.69189023 Astronomical Units, or 103,505,306 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||0.29478184 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Jul-03 16:26:08
|Argument of perihelion||peri||37.268929606899°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||61.012854965076°|
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.
|2020 May 19||06h 05m 39s||-10° 39’ 24”||14.22||Monoceros|
|2020 May 20||06h 05m 27s||-09° 58’ 59”||14.13||Monoceros|
|2020 May 21||06h 05m 17s||-09° 18’ 39”||14.04||Monoceros|
|2020 May 22||06h 05m 08s||-08° 38’ 22”||13.95||Monoceros|
|2020 May 23||06h 04m 59s||-07° 58’ 08”||13.86||Monoceros|
|2020 May 24||06h 04m 50s||-07° 17’ 53”||13.76||Monoceros|
|2020 May 25||06h 04m 41s||-06° 37’ 40”||13.66||Monoceros|
|2020 May 26||06h 04m 32s||-05° 57’ 23”||13.56||Monoceros|
|2020 May 27||06h 04m 23s||-05° 17’ 03”||13.46||Monoceros|
|2020 May 28||06h 04m 14s||-04° 36’ 38”||13.35||Monoceros|
|2020 May 29||06h 04m 05s||-03° 56’ 06”||13.24||Orion|
|2020 May 30||06h 03m 56s||-03° 15’ 25”||13.13||Orion|
|2020 May 31||06h 03m 47s||-02° 34’ 35”||13.01||Orion|
|2020 Jun 01||06h 03m 38s||-01° 53’ 30”||12.89||Orion|