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Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne)

Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is currently in the constellation of Lynx. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is 07h 59m 12s and the Declination is +50° 44’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is 43.19 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) [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]:

07h 59m 12s
+50° 44’ 46”
  • C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) in Lynx on January, 23 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) in Lynx on January, 23 2021
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 H2 (Pruyne) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 H2 (Pruyne)
RA: 07h 59m 12s
Dec: +50° 44’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) from Earth is currently 457,786,868 kilometers, equivalent to 3.060116 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 27.0126 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) and arrive to us.

25 minutes and 27.0126 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) to Earth happens on Fri May 8 2020 at a distance of 0.656232 Astronomical Units, or 98,170,914 kilometers:

Fri May 8 2020

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

Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) is 43.19.


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 H2 (Pruyne), 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 H2 (Pruyne) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) is circumpolar and transits at 23:45 UTC (altitude: 89.3°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) at epoch 04 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458974.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99545952
Orbit inclination i 125.04450233°
Perihelion distance q 0.83361245 AU
124,706,648 km
Aphelion distance Q 366.35748602 AU
54,806,299,934 km
Semi-major axis a 183.59554924 AU
27,465,503,291 km
Orbital period period 2,487.7200 years
908,639.5787 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Apr-27 14:07:29
2,458,967.0885 JD
Next perihelion transit 4508-Feb-04 04:00
3,367,606.6672 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 26.690200310143°
Longitude of the ascending node node 277.63413127319°
Mean anomaly M 0.0029363966782284°
Mean motion n 0.00039620°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne)
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Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 H2 (Pruyne) 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 H2 (Pruyne) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 16 08h 19m 23s +50° 58’ 57” 42.79 Lynx
2021 Jan 17 08h 16m 42s +50° 58’ 24” 42.84 Lynx
2021 Jan 18 08h 14m 03s +50° 57’ 29” 42.89 Lynx
2021 Jan 19 08h 11m 26s +50° 56’ 12” 42.94 Lynx
2021 Jan 20 08h 08m 48s +50° 54’ 29” 42.99 Lynx
2021 Jan 21 08h 06m 12s +50° 52’ 26” 43.04 Lynx
2021 Jan 22 08h 03m 38s +50° 49’ 59” 43.09 Lynx
2021 Jan 23 08h 01m 06s +50° 47’ 12” 43.15 Lynx
2021 Jan 24 07h 58m 36s +50° 44’ 02” 43.20 Lynx
2021 Jan 25 07h 56m 08s +50° 40’ 32” 43.25 Lynx
2021 Jan 26 07h 53m 41s +50° 36’ 42” 43.30 Lynx
2021 Jan 27 07h 51m 18s +50° 32’ 32” 43.35 Lynx
2021 Jan 28 07h 48m 56s +50° 28’ 05” 43.41 Lynx
2021 Jan 29 07h 46m 36s +50° 23’ 18” 43.46 Lynx