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Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS)

Altitude: -65.0°   Azimuth: 14.6°   Direction: North-North-East

Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Sculptor. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is 23h 39m 02s and the Declination is -26° 59’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is 17.08 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 14.0 (COBS).

23h 39m 02s
-26° 59’ 40”

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 JK5 (PANSTARRS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 117.0°
Max altitude: 11.6°
Azimuth: 243.0°
  • C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) 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.

Finder chart of C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) in Sculptor on September,28 2023
Map showing Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) in Sculptor on September, 28 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) in Sculptor on September, 28 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 23h 39m 02s
Dec: -26° 59’ 40”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 326,960,839 kilometers, equivalent to 2.185598 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 10.6240 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 10.6240 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 JK5 (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/2022 JK5 (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/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Mon Aug 21 2023 at a distance of 2.013371 Astronomical Units, or 301,195,966 kilometers:

Mon Aug 21 2023

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

Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2022 JK5 (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/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 20 May 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460085.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.93773691
Orbit inclination i 16.83084114°
Perihelion distance q 2.68693728 AU
401,960,097 km
Aphelion distance Q 83.62221371 AU
12,509,705,139 km
Semi-major axis a 43.15457550 AU
6,455,832,618 km
Orbital period period 283.4970 years
103,547.2812 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Apr-28 19:38:54
2,460,063.3187 JD
Next perihelion transit 2306-Oct-30 02:23
2,563,610.5999 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 247.15953191489°
Longitude of the ascending node node 59.652365879577°
Mean anomaly M 0.077117173348573°
Mean motion n 0.00347667°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 JK5 (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/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 JK5 (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/2022 JK5 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 21 23h 42m 56s -27° 19’ 54” 16.92 Sculptor
2023 Sep 22 23h 42m 23s -27° 17’ 49” 16.94 Sculptor
2023 Sep 23 23h 41m 51s -27° 15’ 33” 16.96 Sculptor
2023 Sep 24 23h 41m 18s -27° 13’ 05” 16.98 Sculptor
2023 Sep 25 23h 40m 47s -27° 10’ 27” 17.00 Sculptor
2023 Sep 26 23h 40m 17s -27° 07’ 35” 17.03 Sculptor
2023 Sep 27 23h 39m 46s -27° 04’ 32” 17.05 Sculptor
2023 Sep 28 23h 39m 16s -27° 01’ 18” 17.07 Sculptor
2023 Sep 29 23h 38m 47s -26° 57’ 51” 17.09 Sculptor
2023 Sep 30 23h 38m 18s -26° 54’ 14” 17.12 Sculptor
2023 Oct 01 23h 37m 50s -26° 50’ 25” 17.14 Sculptor
2023 Oct 02 23h 37m 23s -26° 46’ 26” 17.16 Sculptor
2023 Oct 03 23h 36m 56s -26° 42’ 15” 17.18 Sculptor
2023 Oct 04 23h 36m 30s -26° 37’ 53” 17.21 Sculptor