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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):

06h 04m 29s
-05° 46’ 45”
Monoceros
9.1
13.53

Additional information about Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) available on TheSkyLive:

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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 Monoceros on May, 26 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in Monoceros on May, 26 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: 06h 04m 29s
Dec: -05° 46’ 45”
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 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.

242,159,287
1.618735
13 minutes and 27.7564 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 0.69189023 Astronomical Units, or 103,505,306 kilometers:

Thu Jul 23 2020
103,505,306
0.691890

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 13.53.

13.53
9.1
5.4'

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: 95.7°
Max altitude: 32.9°
Azimuth: 264.6°

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 09 April 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458949.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99921875
Orbit inclination i 128.93702520°
Perihelion distance q 0.29478184 AU
44,098,736 km
Aphelion distance Q 754.34380472 AU
112,848,227,188 km
Semi-major axis a 377.31929328 AU
56,446,162,962 km
Orbital period period 7,329.4600 years
2,677,083.6728 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jul-03 16:26:08
2,459,034.1848 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 37.268929606899°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.012854965076°
Mean anomaly M 359.98861203454°
Mean motion n 0.00013447°/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 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