Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS)
The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) is 01h 31m 54s and the Declination is -01° 12’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) is 17.61 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.9 (COBS).
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.
- C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2020 Y2 (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 Y2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 755,628,666 kilometers, equivalent to 5.051066 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 0.5059 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2020 Y2 (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 Y2 (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 Y2 (ATLAS) to Earth
Between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun Mar 20 2022 at a distance of 2.919558 Astronomical Units, or 436,759,709 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2020 Y2 (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 Y2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||3.13249980 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Jun-17 16:09:36
|Next perihelion transit||41615-Apr-26 19:47
|Argument of perihelion||peri||266.09925624766°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||26.511084345723°|
Visualization of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2020 Y2 (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 Y2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2020 Y2 (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 Y2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Nov 25||01h 37m 05s||-01° 33’ 52”||17.53||Cetus|
|2023 Nov 26||01h 36m 19s||-01° 31’ 03”||17.55||Cetus|
|2023 Nov 27||01h 35m 34s||-01° 28’ 09”||17.56||Cetus|
|2023 Nov 28||01h 34m 50s||-01° 25’ 13”||17.57||Cetus|
|2023 Nov 29||01h 34m 06s||-01° 22’ 13”||17.58||Cetus|
|2023 Nov 30||01h 33m 24s||-01° 19’ 09”||17.59||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 01||01h 32m 44s||-01° 16’ 03”||17.60||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 02||01h 32m 03s||-01° 12’ 52”||17.61||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 03||01h 31m 23s||-01° 09’ 38”||17.62||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 04||01h 30m 44s||-01° 06’ 23”||17.63||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 05||01h 30m 06s||-01° 03’ 02”||17.64||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 06||01h 29m 30s||-00° 59’ 39”||17.65||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 07||01h 28m 54s||-00° 56’ 13”||17.67||Cetus|
|2023 Dec 08||01h 28m 18s||-00° 52’ 44”||17.68||Cetus|