Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Lupus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 15h 04m 55s and the Declination is -42° 51’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) is 21.54 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 662,612,363 kilometers, equivalent to 4.429290 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 50.2369 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1.228071 Astronomical Units, or 183,716,766 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) 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 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.
Comet C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times
Comet C/2020 N1 (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 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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.32069183 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-Mar-12 05:28:54
|Argument of perihelion||peri||186.77272246616°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||279.98165115708°|
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!
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.
|2022 Jan 18||15h 00m 03s||-42° 06’ 56”||21.52||Centaurus|
|2022 Jan 19||15h 00m 46s||-42° 13’ 01”||21.52||Centaurus|
|2022 Jan 20||15h 01m 27s||-42° 19’ 05”||21.53||Centaurus|
|2022 Jan 21||15h 02m 07s||-42° 25’ 08”||21.53||Centaurus|
|2022 Jan 22||15h 02m 47s||-42° 31’ 08”||21.53||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 23||15h 03m 24s||-42° 37’ 05”||21.54||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 24||15h 04m 03s||-42° 43’ 01”||21.54||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 25||15h 04m 39s||-42° 48’ 56”||21.54||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 26||15h 05m 13s||-42° 54’ 48”||21.54||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 27||15h 05m 48s||-43° 00’ 38”||21.55||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 28||15h 06m 21s||-43° 06’ 27”||21.55||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 29||15h 06m 54s||-43° 12’ 12”||21.55||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 30||15h 07m 24s||-43° 17’ 57”||21.55||Lupus|
|2022 Jan 31||15h 07m 55s||-43° 23’ 38”||21.56||Lupus|