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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:01 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:06
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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Alt: 49.86°   Az: 287.01°   Direction: West-North-West

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is in the constellation of Andromeda, at a distance of 1,489,388,102.0 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension is 00h 56m 02s and the Declination is +45° 41’ 20” (apparent coordinates). The predicted magnitude of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 19.76 (data provided by JPL Horizons).

Finder chart of C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in Andromeda on July,16 2024
Map showing Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in Andromeda on July, 16 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

00h 56m 02s
+45° 41’ 20”
04h 07m 46s
05h 03m 49s

J2000

00h 54m 39s
+45° 33’ 23”

Additional Information

Andromeda
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
19.76

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Rise and Set Times

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is circumpolar and transits at 05:16 UTC reaching a maximum altitude of 84.1°.
  • C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 49.86° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2020 F5 (MASTER)
Sky map showing Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in Andromeda on July, 16 2024. Field of view: 10x6 degrees. View in interactive sky chart

High 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: 00h 54m 39s
Dec: +45° 33’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER). Field of view: 60x40 arcmins. View in deep sky object tracker

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.

Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) from Earth is currently 1,489,388,102.0 kilometers, equivalent to 9.9559445267 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1h 22m 48.064s to travel from Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) and arrive to us.

1,489,388,102.0
9.9559445267
1h 22m 48.064s

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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) to Earth happens on Sun Aug 22 2021 at a distance of 3.573850 Astronomical Units, or 534,640,376 kilometers:

Sun Aug 22 2021
534,640,376
3.573850

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

Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) as a function of time

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) at epoch 06 March 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459645.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00092411
Orbit inclination i 52.18324909°
Perihelion distance q 4.32568742 AU
647,113,629 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 15:26:07
2,459,297.1431 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.09904554418°
Longitude of the ascending node node 350.5278364134°
Mean anomaly M 0.0010720966704327°
Mean motion n 0.00000308°/day

Orbit Visualization

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)
View Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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. Apparent celestial coordinates are provided.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jul 09 00h 56m 01s +45° 04’ 16” 19.75 Andromeda
2024 Jul 10 00h 56m 03s +45° 09’ 23” 19.75 Andromeda
2024 Jul 11 00h 56m 04s +45° 14’ 27” 19.75 Andromeda
2024 Jul 12 00h 56m 05s +45° 19’ 30” 19.75 Andromeda
2024 Jul 13 00h 56m 05s +45° 24’ 32” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 14 00h 56m 05s +45° 29’ 31” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 15 00h 56m 04s +45° 34’ 29” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 16 00h 56m 03s +45° 39’ 25” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 17 00h 56m 01s +45° 44’ 19” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 18 00h 55m 58s +45° 49’ 11” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 19 00h 55m 55s +45° 54’ 01” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 20 00h 55m 52s +45° 58’ 50” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 21 00h 55m 48s +46° 03’ 36” 19.76 Andromeda
2024 Jul 22 00h 55m 44s +46° 08’ 19” 19.76 Andromeda

Additional Resources