Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS)
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Andromeda. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is 00h 30m 29s and the Declination is +26° 19’ 47” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is 17.00 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.2 (COBS).
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Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) from Earth is currently 173,249,244 kilometers, equivalent to 1.158100 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 37.8973 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 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.
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 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) to Earth
Between January 2014 and January 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Aug 14 2020 at a distance of 0.59752142 Astronomical Units, or 89,387,933 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) brightness
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 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS), 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.
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 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 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.47415527 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Sep-14 12:00:21
|Argument of perihelion||peri||260.11099177215°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||181.49518659765°|
Visualization of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 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!
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 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 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Jun 30||00h 05m 26s||+24° 04’ 21”||18.00||Pegasus|
|2020 Jul 01||00h 08m 22s||+24° 21’ 32”||18.00||Pegasus|
|2020 Jul 02||00h 11m 26s||+24° 38’ 52”||18.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 03||00h 14m 34s||+24° 56’ 21”||18.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 04||00h 17m 47s||+25° 14’ 02”||18.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 05||00h 21m 06s||+25° 31’ 50”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 06||00h 24m 32s||+25° 49’ 45”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 07||00h 28m 04s||+26° 07’ 50”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 08||00h 31m 42s||+26° 26’ 02”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 09||00h 35m 30s||+26° 44’ 20”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 10||00h 39m 24s||+27° 02’ 43”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 11||00h 43m 27s||+27° 21’ 11”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 12||00h 47m 38s||+27° 39’ 41”||17.00||Andromeda|
|2020 Jul 13||00h 51m 59s||+27° 58’ 13”||17.00||Pisces|