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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2)

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is currently in the constellation of Perseus. The current Right Ascension of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is 01h 31m 51s and the Declination is +53° 05’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is 11.65 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) [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]:

01h 31m 51s
+53° 05’ 57”
  • C/2020 V2 (ZTF) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 72° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2020 V2 (ZTF) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • See also C/2020 V2 (ZTF) rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) available on TheSkyLive:

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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.

Map showing Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in Perseus on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) in Perseus on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = 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, 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: 01h 31m 51s
Dec: +53° 05’ 57”
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 343,618,730 kilometers, equivalent to 2.296949 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 6.1887 seconds to travel from Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 6.1887 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.

Distance of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 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 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 January 2013 and 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

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

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is 11.65.


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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) rise and set times

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

Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is circumpolar and transits at 16:25 UTC (altitude: 88.4°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) 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 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)
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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 Jan 30 01h 28m 53s +58° 09’ 59” 11.60 Cassiopeia
2023 Jan 31 01h 29m 09s +57° 28’ 45” 11.61 Cassiopeia
2023 Feb 01 01h 29m 29s +56° 48’ 07” 11.61 Cassiopeia
2023 Feb 02 01h 29m 48s +56° 08’ 07” 11.62 Cassiopeia
2023 Feb 03 01h 30m 11s +55° 28’ 44” 11.62 Cassiopeia
2023 Feb 04 01h 30m 36s +54° 49’ 57” 11.63 Cassiopeia
2023 Feb 05 01h 31m 01s +54° 11’ 47” 11.64 Perseus
2023 Feb 06 01h 31m 28s +53° 34’ 14” 11.64 Perseus
2023 Feb 07 01h 31m 58s +52° 57’ 17” 11.65 Perseus
2023 Feb 08 01h 32m 27s +52° 21’ 00” 11.66 Perseus
2023 Feb 09 01h 32m 58s +51° 45’ 18” 11.67 Perseus
2023 Feb 10 01h 33m 30s +51° 10’ 13” 11.67 Perseus
2023 Feb 11 01h 34m 04s +50° 35’ 44” 11.68 Andromeda
2023 Feb 12 01h 34m 38s +50° 01’ 51” 11.69 Andromeda