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Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS)

Altitude: -51.8°   Azimuth: 323.1°   Direction: North-West

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Capricornus.

The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is 20h 51m 12s and the Declination is -17° 50’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is 18.37 (JPL).

20h 51m 12s
-17° 50’ 46”

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 N2 (PANSTARRS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 107.8°
Max altitude: 20.7°
Azimuth: 252.2°
  • C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2022 N2 (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 N2 (PANSTARRS) in Capricornus on December,09 2023
Map showing Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) in Capricornus on December, 09 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) in Capricornus on December, 09 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 20h 51m 12s
Dec: -17° 50’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,022,013,000 kilometers, equivalent to 6.831735 Astronomical Units. Light takes 56 minutes and 49.0684 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

56 minutes and 49.0684 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 N2 (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 N2 (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 N2 (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 N2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Mon Nov 10 2025 at a distance of 2.948662 Astronomical Units, or 441,113,572 kilometers:

Mon Nov 10 2025

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

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2022 N2 (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 N2 (PANSTARRS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 02 July 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459763.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00415991
Orbit inclination i 5.50142049°
Perihelion distance q 3.82716781 AU
572,536,156 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2025-Jul-31 12:02:23
2,460,888.0017 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 75.334118158595°
Longitude of the ascending node node 319.74026021812°
Mean anomaly M -0.039716807659908°
Mean motion n 0.00003532°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 N2 (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 N2 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2022 N2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 N2 (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 N2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Dec 02 20h 47m 20s -18° 09’ 01” 18.38 Capricornus
2023 Dec 03 20h 47m 50s -18° 06’ 32” 18.38 Capricornus
2023 Dec 04 20h 48m 23s -18° 04’ 01” 18.38 Capricornus
2023 Dec 05 20h 48m 55s -18° 01’ 29” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 06 20h 49m 27s -17° 58’ 54” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 07 20h 50m 00s -17° 56’ 18” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 08 20h 50m 35s -17° 53’ 39” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 09 20h 51m 08s -17° 51’ 00” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 10 20h 51m 43s -17° 48’ 16” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 11 20h 52m 18s -17° 45’ 33” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Dec 12 20h 52m 54s -17° 42’ 46” 18.36 Capricornus
2023 Dec 13 20h 53m 30s -17° 39’ 56” 18.36 Capricornus
2023 Dec 14 20h 54m 06s -17° 37’ 06” 18.36 Capricornus
2023 Dec 15 20h 54m 42s -17° 34’ 14” 18.36 Capricornus