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Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is 15h 46m 31s and the Declination is -19° 17’ 05” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is 20.65 (JPL).

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15h 46m 31s
-19° 17’ 05”

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Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 N2 (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.

Map showing Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) in Libra on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) in Libra 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 N2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)
RA: 15h 46m 31s
Dec: -19° 17’ 05”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 405,595,115 kilometers, equivalent to 2.711236 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 32.9197 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 32.9197 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 N2 (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.

Distance of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) 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 N2 (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 N2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Mon Jul 27 2020 at a distance of 0.877818 Astronomical Units, or 131,319,670 kilometers:

Mon Jul 27 2020

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

Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is 20.65.


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 N2 (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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) 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 N2 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.2°
Azimuth: 250.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 N2 (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 N2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) at epoch 19 July 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459050.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99989299
Orbit inclination i 161.04392868°
Perihelion distance q 1.79600651 AU
268,678,750 km
Aphelion distance Q 33,566.30372217 AU
5,021,447,574,176 km
Semi-major axis a 16,784.04986434 AU
2,510,858,126,463 km
Orbital period period 2,174,469.6200 years
794,225,027.8156 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-23 07:47:18
2,459,084.8245 JD
Next perihelion transit 2176534-Nov-30 03:21
796,684,112.6401 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 330.95634776023°
Longitude of the ascending node node 256.97837584841°
Mean anomaly M 359.99998444166°
Mean motion n 0.00000045°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 N2 (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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 N2 (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 N2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 12 15h 45m 29s -20° 11’ 48” 20.44 Libra
2020 Oct 13 15h 45m 34s -20° 04’ 23” 20.47 Libra
2020 Oct 14 15h 45m 41s -19° 57’ 07” 20.49 Libra
2020 Oct 15 15h 45m 47s -19° 50’ 00” 20.52 Libra
2020 Oct 16 15h 45m 55s -19° 43’ 03” 20.55 Libra
2020 Oct 17 15h 46m 04s -19° 36’ 14” 20.57 Libra
2020 Oct 18 15h 46m 13s -19° 29’ 31” 20.60 Libra
2020 Oct 19 15h 46m 22s -19° 22’ 59” 20.62 Libra
2020 Oct 20 15h 46m 32s -19° 16’ 32” 20.65 Libra
2020 Oct 21 15h 46m 42s -19° 10’ 14” 20.67 Libra
2020 Oct 22 15h 46m 54s -19° 04’ 01” 20.70 Libra
2020 Oct 23 15h 47m 06s -18° 57’ 56” 20.72 Libra
2020 Oct 24 15h 47m 17s -18° 51’ 56” 20.74 Libra
2020 Oct 25 15h 47m 30s -18° 46’ 01” 20.77 Libra