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Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Phoenix. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) is 01h 24m 17s and the Declination is -46° 00’ 48” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) is 16.92 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 K5 (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]:

01h 24m 17s
-46° 00’ 48”

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Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) in Phoenix on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) in Phoenix on May, 16 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 K5 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 01h 24m 17s
Dec: -46° 00’ 48”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 232,360,321 kilometers, equivalent to 1.553233 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 55.0706 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 55.0706 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 K5 (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 K5 (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 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Thu May 20 2021 at a distance of 1.551239 Astronomical Units, or 232,062,050 kilometers:

Thu May 20 2021

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

Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) is 16.92.


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 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) 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 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 26 June 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459027.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00124554
Orbit inclination i 67.16356292°
Perihelion distance q 1.53528746 AU
229,675,736 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jun-05 14:43:07
2,459,371.1133 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 249.61051440322°
Longitude of the ascending node node 86.162305241638°
Mean anomaly M -0.007825781670238°
Mean motion n 0.00002277°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2020 K5 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 K5 (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 K5 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 09 00h 36m 10s -46° 25’ 12” 16.98 Phoenix
2021 May 10 00h 42m 30s -46° 25’ 09” 16.97 Phoenix
2021 May 11 00h 48m 51s -46° 24’ 07” 16.96 Phoenix
2021 May 12 00h 55m 13s -46° 22’ 09” 16.96 Phoenix
2021 May 13 01h 01m 33s -46° 19’ 14” 16.95 Phoenix
2021 May 14 01h 07m 53s -46° 15’ 20” 16.94 Phoenix
2021 May 15 01h 14m 11s -46° 10’ 31” 16.93 Phoenix
2021 May 16 01h 20m 26s -46° 04’ 45” 16.93 Phoenix
2021 May 17 01h 26m 40s -45° 58’ 05” 16.92 Phoenix
2021 May 18 01h 32m 53s -45° 50’ 30” 16.92 Phoenix
2021 May 19 01h 39m 02s -45° 42’ 03” 16.92 Phoenix
2021 May 20 01h 45m 07s -45° 32’ 45” 16.91 Phoenix
2021 May 21 01h 51m 10s -45° 22’ 38” 16.91 Phoenix
2021 May 22 01h 57m 08s -45° 11’ 43” 16.91 Phoenix