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Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 01h 04m 47s and the Declination is +28° 53’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 16.46 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 15.5 (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]:

01h 04m 47s
+28° 53’ 46”
Pisces
15.5
16.46
  • C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 64° 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 Pisces on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) in Pisces on January, 21 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 N1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 01h 04m 47s
Dec: +28° 53’ 46”
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 184,444,132 kilometers, equivalent to 1.232933 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 15.2394 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

184,444,132
1.232933
10 minutes and 15.2394 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 1.228155 Astronomical Units, or 183,729,358 kilometers:

Wed Feb 3 2021
183,729,358
1.228155

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 16.46.

16.46
15.5
0.4'

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

Today's Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 61.0°
Max altitude: 67.4°
Azimuth: 299.0°

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 22 October 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459145.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00039729
Orbit inclination i 29.70367812°
Perihelion distance q 1.32073429 AU
197,579,038 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 05:39:30
2,459,285.7358 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 186.77278476627°
Longitude of the ascending node node 279.98203844°
Mean anomaly M -0.00072109606240421°
Mean motion n 0.00000514°/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
2021 Jan 14 00h 43m 14s +30° 33’ 30” 16.55 Andromeda
2021 Jan 15 00h 45m 56s +30° 20’ 21” 16.53 Andromeda
2021 Jan 16 00h 48m 39s +30° 07’ 15” 16.52 Andromeda
2021 Jan 17 00h 51m 25s +29° 54’ 11” 16.51 Pisces
2021 Jan 18 00h 54m 14s +29° 41’ 11” 16.50 Pisces
2021 Jan 19 00h 57m 05s +29° 28’ 11” 16.49 Pisces
2021 Jan 20 00h 59m 57s +29° 15’ 15” 16.48 Pisces
2021 Jan 21 01h 02m 52s +29° 02’ 18” 16.47 Pisces
2021 Jan 22 01h 05m 48s +28° 49’ 23” 16.46 Pisces
2021 Jan 23 01h 08m 47s +28° 36’ 29” 16.45 Pisces
2021 Jan 24 01h 11m 47s +28° 23’ 35” 16.44 Pisces
2021 Jan 25 01h 14m 48s +28° 10’ 41” 16.43 Pisces
2021 Jan 26 01h 17m 53s +27° 57’ 47” 16.42 Pisces
2021 Jan 27 01h 21m 00s +27° 44’ 50” 16.41 Pisces