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Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral)

Altitude: 44.1°   Azimuth: 55.1°   Direction: North-East

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is currently in the constellation of Draco. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is 18h 56m 05s and the Declination is +53° 12’ 33” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is 19.27 (JPL).

18h 56m 05s
+53° 12’ 33”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is circumpolar and transits at 18:15 UTC reaching a maximum altitude of 88.3°.
  • C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the North-East direction at an altitude of 44° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 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.

Finder chart of C/2020 O2 (Amaral) in Draco on October,01 2023
Map showing Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) in Draco on October, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2020 O2 (Amaral)
Map showing Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) in Draco on October, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 O2 (Amaral)
RA: 18h 56m 05s
Dec: +53° 12’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) from Earth is currently 1,093,318,445 kilometers, equivalent to 7.308382 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 46.9178 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 46.9178 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 O2 (Amaral) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) to Earth happens on Fri Jun 11 2021 at a distance of 3.887255 Astronomical Units, or 581,525,089 kilometers:

Fri Jun 11 2021

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

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral), 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) as a function of time

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) at epoch 12 February 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459623.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00232787
Orbit inclination i 71.75062745°
Perihelion distance q 4.86223436 AU
727,379,909 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Aug-28 14:37:15
2,459,455.1092 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 10.308627491034°
Longitude of the ascending node node 256.7571398407°
Mean anomaly M 0.0017386233559821°
Mean motion n 0.00001032°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 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 O2 (Amaral)
View Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 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 O2 (Amaral) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 24 18h 55m 26s +53° 49’ 09” 19.22 Draco
2023 Sep 25 18h 55m 27s +53° 44’ 20” 19.23 Draco
2023 Sep 26 18h 55m 32s +53° 39’ 29” 19.23 Draco
2023 Sep 27 18h 55m 36s +53° 34’ 37” 19.24 Draco
2023 Sep 28 18h 55m 41s +53° 29’ 47” 19.24 Draco
2023 Sep 29 18h 55m 46s +53° 24’ 56” 19.25 Draco
2023 Sep 30 18h 55m 54s +53° 20’ 03” 19.26 Draco
2023 Oct 01 18h 56m 00s +53° 15’ 11” 19.26 Draco
2023 Oct 02 18h 56m 09s +53° 10’ 19” 19.27 Draco
2023 Oct 03 18h 56m 18s +53° 05’ 29” 19.27 Draco
2023 Oct 04 18h 56m 30s +53° 00’ 37” 19.28 Draco
2023 Oct 05 18h 56m 40s +52° 55’ 45” 19.28 Draco
2023 Oct 06 18h 56m 53s +52° 50’ 56” 19.29 Draco
2023 Oct 07 18h 57m 05s +52° 46’ 05” 19.30 Draco