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Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)

Altitude: 27.6°   Azimuth: 224.1°   Direction: South-West

Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Aquila, at a distance of 1,105,665,255 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) in Aquila on February,22 2024
Map showing Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) in Aquila on February, 22 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is 19h 36m 47s and the Declination is -01° 56’ 47” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is 20.36 (JPL).

19h 36m 47s
-01° 56’ 47”

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 U5 (PANSTARRS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.9°
Max altitude: 36.6°
Azimuth: 268.1°
  • C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-West direction at an altitude of 28° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)
Map showing Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) in Aquila on February, 22 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 19h 36m 47s
Dec: -01° 56’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,105,665,255 kilometers, equivalent to 7.390916 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 1 minutes and 28.1023 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 1 minutes and 28.1023 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 U5 (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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) 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 U5 (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 U5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue Dec 28 2021 at a distance of 3.393927 Astronomical Units, or 507,724,183 kilometers:

Tue Dec 28 2021

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

Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2020 U5 (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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) as a function of time

Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 10 December 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459559.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99939895
Orbit inclination i 97.27158478°
Perihelion distance q 3.75596149 AU
561,883,842 km
Aphelion distance Q 12,494.31926539 AU
1,869,123,561,696 km
Semi-major axis a 6,249.03761344 AU
934,842,722,769 km
Orbital period period 494,001.0936 years
180,433,899.4402 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Apr-27 20:53:32
2,459,697.3705 JD
Next perihelion transit 2323-Jan-06 05:40
182,893,596.8107 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 75.414169356183°
Longitude of the ascending node node 107.33860027853°
Mean anomaly M 359.99972492206°
Mean motion n 0.00000200°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 U5 (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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2020 U5 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 U5 (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 U5 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 15 19h 33m 42s -01° 52’ 13” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 16 19h 34m 09s -01° 52’ 54” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 17 19h 34m 33s -01° 53’ 34” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 18 19h 34m 59s -01° 54’ 11” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 19 19h 35m 23s -01° 54’ 48” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 20 19h 35m 48s -01° 55’ 23” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 21 19h 36m 12s -01° 55’ 58” 20.35 Aquila
2024 Feb 22 19h 36m 35s -01° 56’ 30” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 23 19h 37m 00s -01° 57’ 02” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 24 19h 37m 23s -01° 57’ 32” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 25 19h 37m 45s -01° 58’ 00” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 26 19h 38m 08s -01° 58’ 27” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 27 19h 38m 30s -01° 58’ 54” 20.36 Aquila
2024 Feb 28 19h 38m 52s -01° 59’ 20” 20.36 Aquila