Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Hydra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is 08h 41m 49s and the Declination is -15° 38’ 16” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is 23.50 (JPL).
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 U2 (ATLAS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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.
RA: 08h 41m 49s
Dec: -15° 38’ 16”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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 393,364,425 kilometers, equivalent to 2.629479 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 52.1225 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Sun Jan 29 2023 at a distance of 0.563646 Astronomical Units, or 84,320,286 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 U2 (ATLAS) at epoch 09 December 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459923.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.32804348 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2023-Jan-14 05:17:27
|Next perihelion transit||2968-Jun-07 23:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||147.90867776062°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||304.47522390157°|
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!
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.
|2023 Jun 01||08h 30m 43s||-14° 29’ 04”||23.11||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 02||08h 32m 17s||-14° 38’ 49”||23.16||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 03||08h 33m 51s||-14° 48’ 34”||23.22||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 04||08h 35m 26s||-14° 58’ 19”||23.27||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 05||08h 37m 00s||-15° 08’ 04”||23.33||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 06||08h 38m 33s||-15° 17’ 48”||23.38||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 07||08h 40m 06s||-15° 27’ 33”||23.44||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 08||08h 41m 39s||-15° 37’ 17”||23.49||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 09||08h 43m 14s||-15° 47’ 00”||23.55||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 10||08h 44m 47s||-15° 56’ 44”||23.60||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 11||08h 46m 19s||-16° 06’ 29”||23.66||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 12||08h 47m 53s||-16° 16’ 13”||23.71||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 13||08h 49m 26s||-16° 25’ 58”||23.76||Hydra|
|2023 Jun 14||08h 50m 58s||-16° 35’ 44”||23.81||Hydra|