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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Hercules. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is 18h 31m 55s and the Declination is +14° 45’ 26” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is 16.91 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.4 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2022 L2 (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]:

18h 31m 55s
+14° 45’ 26”
Hercules
17.4
16.91
  • C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 40° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in Hercules on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in Hercules on February, 06 2023
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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)
RA: 18h 31m 55s
Dec: +14° 45’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 795,749,610 kilometers, equivalent to 5.319258 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 14.3350 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

795,749,610
5.319258
44 minutes and 14.3350 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Apr 5 2024 at a distance of 1.811594 Astronomical Units, or 271,010,542 kilometers:

Fri Apr 5 2024
271,010,542
1.811594

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

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is 16.91.

16.91
17.4
0.4'

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/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 75.3°
Max altitude: 53.3°
Azimuth: 284.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2022 L2 (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/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) at epoch 06 August 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459798.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00099665
Orbit inclination i 129.31202061°
Perihelion distance q 2.69143718 AU
402,633,272 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2024-Mar-12 10:14:59
2,460,381.9271 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 199.97411113154°
Longitude of the ascending node node 39.24752236233°
Mean anomaly M -0.0040976074783964°
Mean motion n 0.00000702°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS)
View Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 L2 (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 L2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 30 18h 29m 23s +14° 34’ 14” 17.02 Hercules
2023 Jan 31 18h 29m 44s +14° 35’ 25” 17.00 Hercules
2023 Feb 01 18h 30m 06s +14° 36’ 41” 16.99 Hercules
2023 Feb 02 18h 30m 27s +14° 38’ 03” 16.98 Hercules
2023 Feb 03 18h 30m 47s +14° 39’ 32” 16.96 Hercules
2023 Feb 04 18h 31m 06s +14° 41’ 06” 16.95 Hercules
2023 Feb 05 18h 31m 26s +14° 42’ 46” 16.94 Hercules
2023 Feb 06 18h 31m 45s +14° 44’ 31” 16.92 Hercules
2023 Feb 07 18h 32m 03s +14° 46’ 23” 16.91 Hercules
2023 Feb 08 18h 32m 22s +14° 48’ 20” 16.90 Hercules
2023 Feb 09 18h 32m 40s +14° 50’ 22” 16.88 Hercules
2023 Feb 10 18h 32m 57s +14° 52’ 32” 16.87 Hercules
2023 Feb 11 18h 33m 15s +14° 54’ 46” 16.85 Hercules
2023 Feb 12 18h 33m 32s +14° 57’ 06” 16.84 Hercules