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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is currently in the constellation of Octans. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 16h 07m 45s and the Declination is -84° 29’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 15.81 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER):

16h 07m 45s
-84° 29’ 10”

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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER) in Octans on May, 26 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in Octans 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 F5 (MASTER) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 F5 (MASTER)
RA: 16h 07m 45s
Dec: -84° 29’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) from Earth is currently 664,385,478 kilometers, equivalent to 4.441143 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 56.1514 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) and arrive to us.

36 minutes and 56.1514 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) to Earth happens on Sun Aug 22 2021 at a distance of 3.57434887 Astronomical Units, or 534,714,981 kilometers:

Sun Aug 22 2021

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

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 15.81.


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 F5 (MASTER), 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 F5 (MASTER) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) at epoch 05 April 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458945.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00067997
Orbit inclination i 51.69617410°
Perihelion distance q 4.32676961 AU
647,275,522 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Mar-23 20:23:49
2,459,297.3499 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.00964195296°
Longitude of the ascending node node 350.6005280023°
Mean anomaly M -0.00068320001862182°
Mean motion n 0.00000194°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER)
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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 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 F5 (MASTER) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 May 19 16h 33m 38s -84° 07’ 50” 15.86 Octans
2020 May 20 16h 30m 20s -84° 11’ 36” 15.85 Octans
2020 May 21 16h 26m 58s -84° 15’ 06” 15.84 Octans
2020 May 22 16h 23m 30s -84° 18’ 23” 15.84 Octans
2020 May 23 16h 19m 56s -84° 21’ 21” 15.83 Octans
2020 May 24 16h 16m 18s -84° 24’ 03” 15.82 Octans
2020 May 25 16h 12m 34s -84° 26’ 30” 15.82 Octans
2020 May 26 16h 08m 48s -84° 28’ 39” 15.81 Octans
2020 May 27 16h 04m 56s -84° 30’ 30” 15.80 Octans
2020 May 28 16h 01m 04s -84° 32’ 05” 15.80 Octans
2020 May 29 15h 57m 09s -84° 33’ 24” 15.79 Octans
2020 May 30 15h 53m 12s -84° 34’ 23” 15.79 Octans
2020 May 31 15h 49m 17s -84° 35’ 07” 15.78 Octans
2020 Jun 01 15h 45m 20s -84° 35’ 33” 15.77 Octans