Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS)
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is 15h 18m 22s and the Declination is -04° 56’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is 20.50 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) [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]:
- C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 34° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) rise and set times.
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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.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) from Earth is currently 377,721,828 kilometers, equivalent to 2.524914 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 59.9444 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 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Aug 14 2020 at a distance of 0.597701 Astronomical Units, or 89,414,789 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||0.47460311 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Sep-14 12:25:48
|Argument of perihelion||peri||260.05846448033°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||181.5190371446°|
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.
|2021 Jan 11||15h 12m 16s||-05° 41’ 48”||20.42||Libra|
|2021 Jan 12||15h 13m 10s||-05° 36’ 02”||20.43||Libra|
|2021 Jan 13||15h 14m 03s||-05° 30’ 09”||20.44||Libra|
|2021 Jan 14||15h 14m 56s||-05° 24’ 06”||20.45||Libra|
|2021 Jan 15||15h 15m 46s||-05° 17’ 57”||20.47||Libra|
|2021 Jan 16||15h 16m 35s||-05° 11’ 39”||20.48||Libra|
|2021 Jan 17||15h 17m 22s||-05° 05’ 15”||20.49||Libra|
|2021 Jan 18||15h 18m 09s||-04° 58’ 41”||20.50||Libra|
|2021 Jan 19||15h 18m 53s||-04° 52’ 00”||20.51||Libra|
|2021 Jan 20||15h 19m 37s||-04° 45’ 11”||20.52||Libra|
|2021 Jan 21||15h 20m 20s||-04° 38’ 15”||20.53||Libra|
|2021 Jan 22||15h 20m 59s||-04° 31’ 09”||20.54||Libra|
|2021 Jan 23||15h 21m 39s||-04° 23’ 57”||20.56||Libra|
|2021 Jan 24||15h 22m 18s||-04° 16’ 37”||20.57||Libra|