Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is 17h 02m 50s and the Declination is -39° 50’ 04” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) is 18.40 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 167,302,362 kilometers, equivalent to 1.118347 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 18.0606 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.
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.
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 2014 and January 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Mon Jul 27 2020 at a distance of 0.87780986 Astronomical Units, or 131,318,486 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 N2 (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 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.
Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) rise and set times
Comet C/2020 N2 (ATLAS) 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 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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.79597107 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Aug-23 08:00:25
|Argument of perihelion||peri||330.96299534517°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||256.97904435459°|
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!
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.
|2020 Aug 07||18h 01m 23s||-45° 34’ 32”||18.11||Ara|
|2020 Aug 08||17h 52m 09s||-44° 53’ 09”||18.14||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 09||17h 43m 30s||-44° 10’ 23”||18.17||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 10||17h 35m 22s||-43° 26’ 38”||18.21||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 11||17h 27m 47s||-42° 42’ 17”||18.24||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 12||17h 20m 44s||-41° 57’ 42”||18.28||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 13||17h 14m 07s||-41° 13’ 13”||18.32||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 14||17h 07m 58s||-40° 28’ 59”||18.36||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 15||17h 02m 13s||-39° 45’ 19”||18.40||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 16||16h 56m 53s||-39° 02’ 17”||18.44||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 17||16h 51m 53s||-38° 20’ 06”||18.48||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 18||16h 47m 15s||-37° 38’ 48”||18.52||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 19||16h 42m 55s||-36° 58’ 32”||18.56||Scorpius|
|2020 Aug 20||16h 38m 52s||-36° 19’ 18”||18.61||Scorpius|