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Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)

Altitude: 25.2°   Azimuth: 278.9°   Direction: West

Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Gemini, at a distance of 491,819,414 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) in Gemini on February,23 2024
Map showing Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) in Gemini on February, 23 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is 07h 43m 20s and the Declination is +24° 51’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is 13.63 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 13.1 (COBS).

07h 43m 20s
+24° 51’ 25”
Gemini
13.1
0.8'
2.1'
2024-02-18
13.63

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/2022 E2 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 65.1°
Max altitude: 63.5°
Azimuth: 294.9°
  • C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) in Gemini on February, 23 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)
RA: 07h 43m 20s
Dec: +24° 51’ 25”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 491,819,414 kilometers, equivalent to 3.287610 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 20.5330 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

491,819,414
3.287610
27 minutes and 20.5330 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 E2 (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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) 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/2022 E2 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun Dec 1 2024 at a distance of 2.985867 Astronomical Units, or 446,679,394 kilometers:

Sun Dec 1 2024
446,679,394
2.985867

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

Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2022 E2 (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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) at epoch 17 November 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459901.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00126291
Orbit inclination i 137.14075180°
Perihelion distance q 3.66700375 AU
548,575,953 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2024-Sep-13 21:02:41
2,460,567.3769 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 41.672992076469°
Longitude of the ascending node node 125.35848889281°
Mean anomaly M -0.0041945802138741°
Mean motion n 0.00000630°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 E2 (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/2022 E2 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 E2 (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/2022 E2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 16 07h 55m 05s +23° 26’ 49” 13.62 Gemini
2024 Feb 17 07h 53m 25s +23° 39’ 12” 13.62 Gemini
2024 Feb 18 07h 51m 43s +23° 51’ 27” 13.62 Gemini
2024 Feb 19 07h 50m 03s +24° 03’ 30” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 20 07h 48m 24s +24° 15’ 24” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 21 07h 46m 45s +24° 27’ 09” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 22 07h 45m 09s +24° 38’ 43” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 23 07h 43m 32s +24° 50’ 06” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 24 07h 41m 57s +25° 01’ 19” 13.63 Gemini
2024 Feb 25 07h 40m 23s +25° 12’ 23” 13.64 Gemini
2024 Feb 26 07h 38m 49s +25° 23’ 14” 13.64 Gemini
2024 Feb 27 07h 37m 18s +25° 33’ 56” 13.64 Gemini
2024 Feb 28 07h 35m 47s +25° 44’ 29” 13.65 Gemini
2024 Feb 29 07h 34m 18s +25° 54’ 50” 13.65 Gemini