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Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is 12h 28m 38s and the Declination is -34° 09’ 14” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is 14.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) [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]:

12h 28m 38s
-34° 09’ 14”
Centaurus
14.00

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Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2021 P4 (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.

Map showing Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) in Centaurus on October, 03 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) in Centaurus on October, 03 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)
RA: 12h 28m 38s
Dec: -34° 09’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 341,026,457 kilometers, equivalent to 2.279621 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 57.5418 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

341,026,457
2.279621
18 minutes and 57.5418 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2021 P4 (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.

Distance of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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/2021 P4 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Wed Jul 13 2022 at a distance of 1.957861 Astronomical Units, or 292,891,869 kilometers:

Wed Jul 13 2022
292,891,869
1.957861

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

Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is 14.00.

14.00
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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/2021 P4 (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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 124.0°
Max altitude: 4.5°
Azimuth: 235.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2021 P4 (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/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) at epoch 08 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459588.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99656449
Orbit inclination i 56.31078796°
Perihelion distance q 1.08046347 AU
161,635,034 km
Aphelion distance Q 627.91612315 AU
93,934,915,189 km
Semi-major axis a 314.49829331 AU
47,048,275,112 km
Orbital period period 5,577.4494 years
2,037,163.4065 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jul-30 09:00:46
2,459,790.8755 JD
Next perihelion transit 7600-Feb-21 18:46
4,496,954.2821 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 175.82241867582°
Longitude of the ascending node node 348.09484491068°
Mean anomaly M 359.96423694067°
Mean motion n 0.00017672°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2021 P4 (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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)
View Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2021 P4 (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/2021 P4 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 26 12h 09m 23s -29° 15’ 05” 13.76 Hydra
2022 Sep 27 12h 11m 50s -29° 54’ 24” 13.80 Hydra
2022 Sep 28 12h 14m 18s -30° 33’ 27” 13.83 Hydra
2022 Sep 29 12h 16m 47s -31° 12’ 12” 13.86 Hydra
2022 Sep 30 12h 19m 18s -31° 50’ 43” 13.89 Hydra
2022 Oct 01 12h 21m 50s -32° 28’ 57” 13.92 Hydra
2022 Oct 02 12h 24m 23s -33° 06’ 52” 13.95 Hydra
2022 Oct 03 12h 26m 57s -33° 44’ 32” 13.98 Centaurus
2022 Oct 04 12h 29m 31s -34° 21’ 55” 14.01 Centaurus
2022 Oct 05 12h 32m 08s -34° 58’ 59” 14.04 Centaurus
2022 Oct 06 12h 34m 45s -35° 35’ 48” 14.08 Centaurus
2022 Oct 07 12h 37m 24s -36° 12’ 16” 14.11 Centaurus
2022 Oct 08 12h 40m 05s -36° 48’ 29” 14.14 Centaurus
2022 Oct 09 12h 42m 46s -37° 24’ 21” 14.17 Centaurus