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Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 12:16 | Tran: 18:57 | Set: 1:42
Altitude: 23.6°   Azimuth: 253.1°   Direction: West-South-West

Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Virgo, at a distance of 842,498,682 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is 12h 11m 13s and the Declination is +08° 28’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, UK). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is 24.42 (JPL).

Finder chart of C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) in Virgo on June,24 2024
Map showing Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) in Virgo on June, 24 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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12h 11m 13s
+08° 28’ 52”

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 Q2 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 81.5°
Max altitude: 47.0°
Azimuth: 278.5°
  • C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 24° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) in Virgo on June, 24 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS)
RA: 12h 11m 13s
Dec: +08° 28’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 842,498,682 kilometers, equivalent to 5.631756 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 50.2731 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

46 minutes and 50.2731 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 Q2 (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 Q2 (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 Q2 (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 Q2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Wed Oct 12 2022 at a distance of 1.223669 Astronomical Units, or 183,058,297 kilometers:

Wed Oct 12 2022

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

Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2022 Q2 (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 Q2 (ATLAS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) at epoch 09 October 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459862.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.94981566
Orbit inclination i 151.48634415°
Perihelion distance q 1.64402859 AU
245,943,177 km
Aphelion distance Q 63.87556082 AU
9,555,647,907 km
Semi-major axis a 32.75979470 AU
4,900,795,542 km
Orbital period period 187.5081 years
68,487.3219 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Jan-31 14:18:09
2,459,976.0959 JD
Next perihelion transit 2210-Aug-06 22:01
2,528,463.4178 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 44.067740788231°
Longitude of the ascending node node 352.94368359339°
Mean anomaly M 359.40288892547°
Mean motion n 0.00525645°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 Q2 (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 Q2 (ATLAS)
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Comet C/2022 Q2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 Q2 (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 Q2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jun 17 12h 12m 55s +08° 46’ 33” 24.30 Virgo
2024 Jun 18 12h 12m 38s +08° 44’ 30” 24.31 Virgo
2024 Jun 19 12h 12m 24s +08° 42’ 24” 24.33 Virgo
2024 Jun 20 12h 12m 11s +08° 40’ 14” 24.34 Virgo
2024 Jun 21 12h 11m 57s +08° 38’ 03” 24.36 Virgo
2024 Jun 22 12h 11m 44s +08° 35’ 47” 24.37 Virgo
2024 Jun 23 12h 11m 34s +08° 33’ 28” 24.39 Virgo
2024 Jun 24 12h 11m 22s +08° 31’ 06” 24.41 Virgo
2024 Jun 25 12h 11m 12s +08° 28’ 41” 24.42 Virgo
2024 Jun 26 12h 11m 03s +08° 26’ 14” 24.44 Virgo
2024 Jun 27 12h 10m 54s +08° 23’ 45” 24.45 Virgo
2024 Jun 28 12h 10m 46s +08° 21’ 12” 24.47 Virgo
2024 Jun 29 12h 10m 40s +08° 18’ 38” 24.48 Virgo
2024 Jun 30 12h 10m 33s +08° 16’ 00” 24.50 Virgo