C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today28 Feb 202015.53.719 AU3.654 AU18h41m+66°00'86.0°15.4°300°
Perihelion1 Dec 202011.01.705 AU2.405 AU13h57m-22°03'35.7°19.7°277°
Nearest approach8 Feb 202111.01.923 AU1.913 AU15h25m-73°45'75.7°29.8°275°
C/2019 N1 (ATLAS)- 2020-02-28

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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)                : 0.9999050
            q (perihelion distance)         : 1.7046170
            i (inclination)                 : 82.42430
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 13.57780
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 193.44350
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 15.38280
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -13.32399
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459185.29300
            P (Orbital period in years)     : > 9999.99 
            Epoch                           : 2020 Feb 27

            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. Two light curves are shown: 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 6.61 + 5 log[∆] + 10.55 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.