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Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)

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Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) Position

Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Sextans. The current Right Ascension is 10h 46m 01s and the Declination is -08° 52’ 26”.

10h 46m 01s
-08° 52’ 26”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) in Sextans on February, 24 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = 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 showing where Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is right now (view fullscreen)

P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)
RA: 10h 46m 01s
Dec: -08° 52’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) Distance

The distance of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 477,938,653 kilometers, equivalent to 3.194823 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 34.2317 seconds to travel from Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.

477,938,653
3.194823
26 minutes and 34.2317 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2017 S5 (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 P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 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 P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) to Earth happens on Fri Sep 15 2045 at a distance of 1.19408536 Astronomical Units, or 178,632,628 kilometers:

Fri Sep 15 2045
178,632,628
1.194085

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

Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is 23.66.

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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 P/2017 S5 (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 P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) rise and set times

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

Today's Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.8°
Max altitude: 29.6°
Azimuth: 261.1°
Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet P/2017 S5 (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 P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) at epoch 23 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458050.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.31310909
Orbit inclination i 11.84911189°
Perihelion distance q 2.17812864 AU
325,843,407 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.16386425 AU
622,905,227 km
Semi-major axis a 3.17099644 AU
474,374,317 km
Orbital period period 5.6500 years
2,062.4910 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jul-27 22:56:03
2,457,962.4556 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-21 10:43
2,460,024.9466 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 99.917747556351°
Longitude of the ascending node node 252.39256216576°
Mean anomaly M 15.36781778759°
Mean motion n 0.17454622°/day

Visualization of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2017 S5 (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 P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)
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Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Feb 17 10h 51m 01s -09° 14’ 12” 23.68 Sextans
2020 Feb 18 10h 50m 21s -09° 11’ 38” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 19 10h 49m 41s -09° 08’ 57” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 20 10h 49m 00s -09° 06’ 07” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 21 10h 48m 20s -09° 03’ 11” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 22 10h 47m 39s -09° 00’ 08” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 23 10h 46m 58s -08° 56’ 57” 23.67 Sextans
2020 Feb 24 10h 46m 17s -08° 53’ 40” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Feb 25 10h 45m 34s -08° 50’ 16” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Feb 26 10h 44m 53s -08° 46’ 45” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Feb 27 10h 44m 12s -08° 43’ 08” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Feb 28 10h 43m 29s -08° 39’ 24” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Feb 29 10h 42m 47s -08° 35’ 34” 23.66 Sextans
2020 Mar 01 10h 42m 06s -08° 31’ 37” 23.66 Sextans