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Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 23h 43m 03s and the Declination is +50° 14’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 17.07 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.0 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 N1 (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]:

23h 43m 03s
+50° 14’ 10”
Cassiopeia
17.0
17.07
  • C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 87° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) in Cassiopeia on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) in Cassiopeia on October, 19 2020
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 N1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 23h 43m 03s
Dec: +50° 14’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 239,625,601 kilometers, equivalent to 1.601798 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 19.3050 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

239,625,601
1.601798
13 minutes and 19.3050 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (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 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Wed Feb 3 2021 at a distance of 1.228102 Astronomical Units, or 183,721,481 kilometers:

Wed Feb 3 2021
183,721,481
1.228102

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

Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 17.07.

17.07
17.0
0.5'

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 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar and transits at 21:47 UTC (altitude: 88.8°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 21 July 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459052.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00040646
Orbit inclination i 29.70388301°
Perihelion distance q 1.32074550 AU
197,580,715 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Mar-12 05:46:05
2,459,285.7403 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 186.77206018729°
Longitude of the ascending node node 279.98356893214°
Mean anomaly M -0.0012410887756756°
Mean motion n 0.00000532°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 N1 (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 N1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 12 23h 53m 06s +50° 45’ 15” 17.37 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 13 23h 51m 47s +50° 42’ 54” 17.33 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 14 23h 50m 30s +50° 40’ 05” 17.29 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 15 23h 49m 13s +50° 36’ 50” 17.26 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 16 23h 47m 56s +50° 33’ 06” 17.22 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 17 23h 46m 40s +50° 28’ 55” 17.18 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 18 23h 45m 24s +50° 24’ 19” 17.15 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 19 23h 44m 11s +50° 19’ 14” 17.11 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 20 23h 42m 57s +50° 13’ 42” 17.07 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 21 23h 41m 45s +50° 07’ 45” 17.04 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 22 23h 40m 36s +50° 01’ 22” 17.00 Andromeda
2020 Oct 23 23h 39m 26s +49° 54’ 33” 16.97 Andromeda
2020 Oct 24 23h 38m 18s +49° 47’ 17” 16.93 Andromeda
2020 Oct 25 23h 37m 13s +49° 39’ 37” 16.89 Andromeda