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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)

Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is currently in the constellation of Apus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 18h 07m 23s and the Declination is -68° 50’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) is 15.70 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 14.9 (COBS).

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

18h 07m 23s
-68° 50’ 28”
Apus
14.9
15.70

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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 Apus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) in Apus on October, 21 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: 18h 07m 23s
Dec: -68° 50’ 28”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) from Earth is currently 707,442,352 kilometers, equivalent to 4.728960 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 19.7737 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER) and arrive to us.

707,442,352
4.728960
39 minutes and 19.7737 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 3.574148 Astronomical Units, or 534,684,916 kilometers:

Sun Aug 22 2021
534,684,916
3.574148

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 15.70.

15.70
14.9
0.5'

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 15 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458985.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00243592
Orbit inclination i 51.70208223°
Perihelion distance q 4.32661249 AU
647,252,017 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Mar-24 02:31:51
2,459,297.6055 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.03012330873°
Longitude of the ascending node node 350.64215082822°
Mean anomaly M -0.0041094030576815°
Mean motion n 0.00001317°/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 Oct 14 17h 48m 51s -70° 00’ 20” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 15 17h 51m 20s -69° 51’ 05” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 16 17h 53m 52s -69° 41’ 48” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 17 17h 56m 21s -69° 32’ 27” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 18 17h 58m 50s -69° 23’ 04” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 19 18h 01m 19s -69° 13’ 40” 15.69 Apus
2020 Oct 20 18h 03m 48s -69° 04’ 13” 15.70 Apus
2020 Oct 21 18h 06m 16s -68° 54’ 42” 15.70 Apus
2020 Oct 22 18h 08m 44s -68° 45’ 11” 15.70 Apus
2020 Oct 23 18h 11m 12s -68° 35’ 35” 15.70 Apus
2020 Oct 24 18h 13m 40s -68° 25’ 59” 15.70 Pavo
2020 Oct 25 18h 16m 06s -68° 16’ 18” 15.70 Pavo
2020 Oct 26 18h 18m 33s -68° 06’ 37” 15.71 Pavo
2020 Oct 27 18h 20m 58s -67° 56’ 53” 15.71 Pavo