Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Tucana.
The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is 23h 46m 36s and the Declination is -64° 34’ 38” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is 18.65 (JPL).
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/2021 P4 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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.
RA: 23h 46m 36s
Dec: -64° 34’ 38”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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 572,761,795 kilometers, equivalent to 3.828676 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 50.5277 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 292,891,805 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) at epoch 09 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459589.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.08046264 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Jul-30 09:00:37
|Next perihelion transit||7601-May-19 00:35
|Argument of perihelion||peri||175.82241494569°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||348.09486623284°|
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!
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.
|2023 May 22||23h 42m 59s||-63° 42’ 09”||18.58||Tucana|
|2023 May 23||23h 43m 33s||-63° 48’ 51”||18.59||Tucana|
|2023 May 24||23h 44m 07s||-63° 55’ 40”||18.60||Tucana|
|2023 May 25||23h 44m 39s||-64° 02’ 35”||18.61||Tucana|
|2023 May 26||23h 45m 09s||-64° 09’ 39”||18.62||Tucana|
|2023 May 27||23h 45m 37s||-64° 16’ 50”||18.63||Tucana|
|2023 May 28||23h 46m 02s||-64° 24’ 07”||18.64||Tucana|
|2023 May 29||23h 46m 27s||-64° 31’ 32”||18.65||Tucana|
|2023 May 30||23h 46m 50s||-64° 39’ 02”||18.66||Tucana|
|2023 May 31||23h 47m 09s||-64° 46’ 39”||18.67||Tucana|
|2023 Jun 01||23h 47m 29s||-64° 54’ 21”||18.68||Tucana|
|2023 Jun 02||23h 47m 45s||-65° 02’ 11”||18.69||Tucana|
|2023 Jun 03||23h 48m 01s||-65° 10’ 05”||18.70||Tucana|
|2023 Jun 04||23h 48m 12s||-65° 18’ 05”||18.71||Tucana|