Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is 16h 30m 12s and the Declination is -30° 14’ 58” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is 16.29 (JPL).
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Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) from Earth is currently 327,431,373 kilometers, equivalent to 2.188744 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 12.1935 seconds to travel from Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) 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/2021 A1 (Leonard) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) to Earth happens on Mon Dec 13 2021 at a distance of 0.233994 Astronomical Units, or 35,005,004 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) brightness
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 Leonard (C/2021 A1), 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 Leonard (C/2021 A1) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) 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 Leonard (C/2021 A1) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.61523015 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Jan-03 07:01:27
|Argument of perihelion||peri||225.08771460795°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||255.88910274447°|
Visualization of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) 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!
Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2022 Jun 30||16h 45m 03s||-32° 02’ 26”||16.08||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 01||16h 42m 50s||-31° 47’ 31”||16.11||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 02||16h 40m 41s||-31° 32’ 44”||16.14||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 03||16h 38m 35s||-31° 18’ 02”||16.17||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 04||16h 36m 34s||-31° 03’ 29”||16.19||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 05||16h 34m 39s||-30° 49’ 05”||16.22||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 06||16h 32m 45s||-30° 34’ 51”||16.25||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 07||16h 30m 56s||-30° 20’ 48”||16.28||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 08||16h 29m 12s||-30° 06’ 53”||16.31||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 09||16h 27m 29s||-29° 53’ 12”||16.34||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 10||16h 25m 53s||-29° 39’ 41”||16.37||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 11||16h 24m 18s||-29° 26’ 21”||16.40||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 12||16h 22m 47s||-29° 13’ 15”||16.43||Scorpius|
|2022 Jul 13||16h 21m 20s||-29° 00’ 23”||16.46||Scorpius|