Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov)
Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is currently in the constellation of Cepheus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is 21h 29m 33s and the Declination is +58° 25’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is 16.23 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 13.1 (COBS).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) [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]:
- C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-East direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
- See also C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) from Earth is currently 113,588,145 kilometers, equivalent to 0.759290 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 minutes and 18.8893 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) to Earth
Between January 2014 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) to Earth happens on Fri Sep 25 2020 at a distance of 0.723506 Astronomical Units, or 108,234,942 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov), 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 Q1 (Borisov) rise and set times
Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) is circumpolar and transits at 20:45 UTC (altitude: 83.0°)
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.31620165 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Aug-16 01:59:22
|Argument of perihelion||peri||11.278248848646°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||52.522535585427°|
Visualization of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 Q1 (Borisov) 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 Q1 (Borisov) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Sep 24||00h 18m 39s||+68° 39’ 10”||15.98||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 25||23h 48m 29s||+68° 07’ 44”||16.00||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 26||23h 20m 04s||+67° 15’ 54”||16.02||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 27||22h 54m 06s||+66° 06’ 11”||16.04||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 28||22h 30m 52s||+64° 41’ 41”||16.07||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 29||22h 10m 27s||+63° 05’ 40”||16.11||Cepheus|
|2020 Sep 30||21h 52m 39s||+61° 21’ 10”||16.15||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 01||21h 37m 12s||+59° 30’ 51”||16.20||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 02||21h 23m 48s||+57° 37’ 04”||16.25||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 03||21h 12m 11s||+55° 41’ 36”||16.30||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 04||21h 02m 06s||+53° 46’ 00”||16.36||Cygnus|
|2020 Oct 05||20h 53m 17s||+51° 51’ 29”||16.42||Cygnus|
|2020 Oct 06||20h 45m 34s||+49° 58’ 53”||16.49||Cygnus|
|2020 Oct 07||20h 38m 48s||+48° 08’ 56”||16.55||Cygnus|