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Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS)

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is 04h 10m 00s and the Declination is +59° 29’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is 14.84 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 10.2 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2022 U2 (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]:

04h 10m 00s
+59° 29’ 39”
Camelopardalis
10.2
14.84
  • C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-North-East direction at an altitude of 31° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • See also C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2022 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) in Camelopardalis on January, 27 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) in Camelopardalis on January, 27 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 U2 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2022 U2 (ATLAS)
RA: 04h 10m 00s
Dec: +59° 29’ 39”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 84,356,975 kilometers, equivalent to 0.563892 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 41.3846 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

84,356,975
0.563892
4 minutes and 41.3846 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) from Earth between January 2014 and January 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 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2014 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun Jan 29 2023 at a distance of 0.563534 Astronomical Units, or 84,303,485 kilometers:

Sun Jan 29 2023
84,303,485
0.563534

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

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is 14.84.

14.84
10.2
4.8'

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 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) between January 2014 and January 2100

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is circumpolar and transits at 19:42 UTC (altitude: 82.0°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2022 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) at epoch 06 November 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459890.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98625694
Orbit inclination i 48.25027689°
Perihelion distance q 1.32798555 AU
198,663,811 km
Aphelion distance Q 191.93104453 AU
28,712,475,641 km
Semi-major axis a 96.62951504 AU
14,455,569,726 km
Orbital period period 949.8891 years
346,946.9922 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Jan-14 05:14:13
2,459,958.7182 JD
Next perihelion transit 2972-Dec-11 05:02
2,806,905.7104 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 147.91250804641°
Longitude of the ascending node node 304.4720165314°
Mean anomaly M 359.92921524973°
Mean motion n 0.00103762°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS)
View Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 U2 (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 U2 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 20 03h 00m 24s +70° 10’ 23” 14.83 Cassiopeia
2023 Jan 21 03h 12m 24s +68° 55’ 54” 14.82 Cassiopeia
2023 Jan 22 03h 23m 25s +67° 37’ 19” 14.82 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 23 03h 33m 32s +66° 15’ 02” 14.81 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 24 03h 42m 50s +64° 49’ 23” 14.81 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 25 03h 51m 24s +63° 20’ 44” 14.82 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 26 03h 59m 20s +61° 49’ 31” 14.82 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 27 04h 06m 41s +60° 16’ 00” 14.83 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 28 04h 13m 29s +58° 40’ 36” 14.85 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 29 04h 19m 50s +57° 03’ 38” 14.86 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 30 04h 25m 45s +55° 25’ 27” 14.88 Camelopardalis
2023 Jan 31 04h 31m 18s +53° 46’ 23” 14.90 Camelopardalis
2023 Feb 01 04h 36m 30s +52° 06’ 46” 14.93 Perseus
2023 Feb 02 04h 41m 25s +50° 26’ 52” 14.96 Perseus