Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS)
Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is 15h 51m 58s and the Declination is -22° 54’ 22” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is 23.89 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet P/2017 S5 (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]:
- P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 16° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) rise and set times.
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Additional information about Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) available on TheSkyLive:
Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet P/2017 S5 (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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) from Earth is currently 636,597,426 kilometers, equivalent to 4.255391 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35 minutes and 23.4604 seconds to travel from Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1.194405 Astronomical Units, or 178,680,418 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) 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 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.
Comet P/2017 S5 (ATLAS) rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.17822414 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Jul-28 00:34:23
|Next perihelion transit||2023-Mar-21 08:40
|Argument of perihelion||peri||99.944336594401°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||252.39100053319°|
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!
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.
|2021 Dec 02||15h 40m 59s||-22° 29’ 56”||23.97||Libra|
|2021 Dec 03||15h 42m 28s||-22° 33’ 20”||23.96||Libra|
|2021 Dec 04||15h 43m 55s||-22° 36’ 42”||23.95||Libra|
|2021 Dec 05||15h 45m 24s||-22° 40’ 01”||23.94||Libra|
|2021 Dec 06||15h 46m 53s||-22° 43’ 19”||23.92||Libra|
|2021 Dec 07||15h 48m 20s||-22° 46’ 33”||23.91||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 08||15h 49m 50s||-22° 49’ 45”||23.90||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 09||15h 51m 18s||-22° 52’ 55”||23.89||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 10||15h 52m 46s||-22° 56’ 03”||23.88||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 11||15h 54m 15s||-22° 59’ 07”||23.87||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 12||15h 55m 44s||-23° 02’ 08”||23.86||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 13||15h 57m 11s||-23° 05’ 06”||23.85||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 14||15h 58m 41s||-23° 08’ 02”||23.84||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 15||16h 00m 10s||-23° 10’ 54”||23.83||Scorpius|