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Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2)

Altitude: 36.2°   Azimuth: 254.9°   Direction: West-South-West

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is 03h 00m 44s and the Declination is +19° 18’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is 12.06 (JPL).

03h 00m 44s
+19° 18’ 53”
Aries
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
12.06

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 ZTF (C/2020 V2) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 70.6°
Max altitude: 57.9°
Azimuth: 289.3°
  • C/2020 V2 (ZTF) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 V2 (ZTF) is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
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Available Resources

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 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.

Finder chart of C/2020 V2 (ZTF) in Aries on June,10 2023
Map showing Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in Aries on June, 10 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2020 V2 (ZTF)
Map showing Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in Aries on June, 10 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2020 V2 (ZTF)
RA: 03h 00m 44s
Dec: +19° 18’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) from Earth is currently 459,281,889 kilometers, equivalent to 3.070110 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 31.9995 seconds to travel from Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) and arrive to us.

459,281,889
3.070110
25 minutes and 31.9995 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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/2020 V2 (ZTF) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) to Earth happens on Sun Sep 17 2023 at a distance of 1.854734 Astronomical Units, or 277,464,187 kilometers:

Sun Sep 17 2023
277,464,187
1.854734

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

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2), 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) as a function of time

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) at epoch 28 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459608.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00119023
Orbit inclination i 131.60883991°
Perihelion distance q 2.22828584 AU
333,346,818 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-May-08 11:57:16
2,460,072.9981 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.40096844621°
Longitude of the ascending node node 212.36136909064°
Mean anomaly M -0.0056516715729318°
Mean motion n 0.00001217°/day

Visualization of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 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 ZTF (C/2020 V2)
View Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jun 03 02h 56m 30s +20° 41’ 36” 12.09 Aries
2023 Jun 04 02h 57m 05s +20° 30’ 56” 12.09 Aries
2023 Jun 05 02h 57m 39s +20° 20’ 12” 12.08 Aries
2023 Jun 06 02h 58m 14s +20° 09’ 24” 12.08 Aries
2023 Jun 07 02h 58m 47s +19° 58’ 28” 12.07 Aries
2023 Jun 08 02h 59m 21s +19° 47’ 30” 12.07 Aries
2023 Jun 09 02h 59m 54s +19° 36’ 24” 12.07 Aries
2023 Jun 10 03h 00m 26s +19° 25’ 14” 12.06 Aries
2023 Jun 11 03h 00m 59s +19° 13’ 57” 12.06 Aries
2023 Jun 12 03h 01m 29s +19° 02’ 33” 12.05 Aries
2023 Jun 13 03h 02m 00s +18° 51’ 02” 12.05 Aries
2023 Jun 14 03h 02m 31s +18° 39’ 25” 12.05 Aries
2023 Jun 15 03h 03m 02s +18° 27’ 42” 12.04 Aries
2023 Jun 16 03h 03m 30s +18° 15’ 50” 12.04 Aries