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Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Lyra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is 18h 42m 18s and the Declination is +45° 35’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is 18.35 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.9 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) [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 42m 18s
+45° 35’ 34”
  • C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 63° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) in Lyra on May, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) in Lyra on May, 08 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 18h 42m 18s
Dec: +45° 35’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,028,846,807 kilometers, equivalent to 6.877416 Astronomical Units. Light takes 57 minutes and 11.8635 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

57 minutes and 11.8635 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Fri Jun 9 2023 at a distance of 2.471848 Astronomical Units, or 369,783,177 kilometers:

Fri Jun 9 2023

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

Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) is 18.35.


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 K1 (PANSTARRS), 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar and transits at 03:37 UTC (altitude: 84.1°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 14 July 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459045.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99955785
Orbit inclination i 89.64832753°
Perihelion distance q 3.07723812 AU
460,348,272 km
Aphelion distance Q 13,916.19851512 AU
2,081,833,670,276 km
Semi-major axis a 6,959.63787662 AU
1,041,147,009,274 km
Orbital period period 580,614.8900 years
212,069,587.3878 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-May-09 06:25:04
2,460,073.7674 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 213.92585301732°
Longitude of the ascending node node 94.382461315451°
Mean anomaly M 359.99825445849°
Mean motion n 0.00000170°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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 K1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 01 18h 45m 14s +45° 08’ 58” 18.40 Lyra
2021 May 02 18h 44m 50s +45° 12’ 57” 18.39 Lyra
2021 May 03 18h 44m 27s +45° 16’ 53” 18.38 Lyra
2021 May 04 18h 44m 03s +45° 20’ 44” 18.38 Lyra
2021 May 05 18h 43m 38s +45° 24’ 30” 18.37 Lyra
2021 May 06 18h 43m 14s +45° 28’ 14” 18.36 Lyra
2021 May 07 18h 42m 47s +45° 31’ 53” 18.35 Lyra
2021 May 08 18h 42m 20s +45° 35’ 26” 18.35 Lyra
2021 May 09 18h 41m 52s +45° 38’ 56” 18.34 Lyra
2021 May 10 18h 41m 22s +45° 42’ 20” 18.33 Lyra
2021 May 11 18h 40m 53s +45° 45’ 39” 18.32 Lyra
2021 May 12 18h 40m 22s +45° 48’ 53” 18.31 Lyra
2021 May 13 18h 39m 51s +45° 52’ 01” 18.31 Lyra
2021 May 14 18h 39m 19s +45° 55’ 05” 18.30 Lyra