C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today11 Aug 202014.12.230 AU2.866 AU12h16m+34°25'42.7°18.0°74°
Perihelion1 Dec 202012.41.705 AU2.404 AU13h57m-22°03'35.7°19.7°277°
Nearest approach8 Feb 202112.31.923 AU1.913 AU15h24m-73°45'75.7°29.8°275°
C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)- 2020-08-11

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The interactive orbit chart above shows the comet's path through the solar system and its position at the given date. Green and blue lines are shown perpendicular to the ecliptic plane: Green if the path is above the ecliptic plane, blue if it is below. (Left-click and drag to rotate the view; Right-click and drag to move the view; Use scroll wheel to zoom in our out.)

The orbital elements of C/2019 N1 (ATLAS), as provided by the minor planet center, are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.9999040
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.7045880
            i (inclination)                 : 82.42640
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 13.57380
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 193.44650
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 15.37872
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -13.32703
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459185.30470
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Aug 11

            Family/Group:                   : Nearly isotropic

The light curve chart below shows the estimated development of the comet's magnitude. Blue and black dots are visual and photometric CCD observations respectively from COBS or the MPC. The gray curve is based on the absolute magnitude and slope parameter as calculated from the original MPEC, or the latest values provided by the MPC (7.50 + 5 log[∆] + 10.00 log[r]), whereas the red curve is being recalculated every 6 hours based on the available COBS/MPC observations (currently 8.79 + 5 log[∆] + 7.46 log[r]).

The all-sky chart below shows the path of the comet over the same period as the light curve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.