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Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)

Altitude: 4.9°   Azimuth: 196.2°   Direction: South-South-West

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Centaurus, at a distance of 331,606,742 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in Centaurus on February,28 2024
Map showing Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in Centaurus on February, 28 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is 14h 51m 07s and the Declination is -31° 57’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is 12.55 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 15.2 (COBS).

14h 51m 07s
-31° 57’ 39”
Centaurus
15.2
0.5'
n/a
2024-02-20
12.55

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 L2 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.9°
Max altitude: 6.6°
Azimuth: 238.0°
  • C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.
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Additional Resources

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

Finder chart of C/2022 L2 (ATLAS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) in Centaurus on February, 28 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 14h 51m 07s
Dec: -31° 57’ 39”
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 331,606,742 kilometers, equivalent to 2.216654 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 26.1210 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

331,606,742
2.216654
18 minutes and 26.1210 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2022 L2 (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 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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Apr 5 2024 at a distance of 1.811538 Astronomical Units, or 271,002,177 kilometers:

Fri Apr 5 2024
271,002,177
1.811538

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

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) at epoch 07 August 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459799.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00099241
Orbit inclination i 129.31204716°
Perihelion distance q 2.69137057 AU
402,623,307 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 10:11:52
2,460,381.9249 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 199.97530536925°
Longitude of the ascending node node 39.247476456006°
Mean anomaly M -0.0040645979433483°
Mean motion n 0.00000698°/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)
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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
2024 Feb 21 15h 04m 41s -29° 49’ 06” 12.69 Libra
2024 Feb 22 15h 03m 02s -30° 06’ 38” 12.67 Lupus
2024 Feb 23 15h 01m 18s -30° 24’ 16” 12.65 Centaurus
2024 Feb 24 14h 59m 31s -30° 41’ 58” 12.63 Centaurus
2024 Feb 25 14h 57m 41s -30° 59’ 45” 12.61 Centaurus
2024 Feb 26 14h 55m 44s -31° 17’ 35” 12.59 Centaurus
2024 Feb 27 14h 53m 44s -31° 35’ 30” 12.57 Centaurus
2024 Feb 28 14h 51m 38s -31° 53’ 25” 12.55 Centaurus
2024 Feb 29 14h 49m 27s -32° 11’ 21” 12.53 Centaurus
2024 Mar 01 14h 47m 12s -32° 29’ 17” 12.51 Centaurus
2024 Mar 02 14h 44m 52s -32° 47’ 11” 12.49 Centaurus
2024 Mar 03 14h 42m 25s -33° 05’ 03” 12.47 Centaurus
2024 Mar 04 14h 39m 55s -33° 22’ 50” 12.45 Centaurus
2024 Mar 05 14h 37m 18s -33° 40’ 32” 12.43 Centaurus