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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Leo Minor on October, 21 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 40m 03s
+24° 22’ 27”
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 65.6°
Max altitude: 62.9°
Azimuth: 294.4°

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Oct 14 22.58 10h 35m 30s +24° 37’ 57” Leo
2016 Oct 15 22.57 10h 36m 11s +24° 35’ 35” Leo
2016 Oct 16 22.55 10h 36m 50s +24° 33’ 15” Leo
2016 Oct 17 22.54 10h 37m 29s +24° 31’ 00” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 18 22.53 10h 38m 08s +24° 28’ 46” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 19 22.52 10h 38m 47s +24° 26’ 36” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 20 22.51 10h 39m 24s +24° 24’ 29” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 21 22.50 10h 40m 03s +24° 22’ 27” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 22 22.49 10h 40m 41s +24° 20’ 26” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 23 22.48 10h 41m 18s +24° 18’ 29” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 24 22.46 10h 41m 56s +24° 16’ 36” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 25 22.45 10h 42m 32s +24° 14’ 45” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 26 22.44 10h 43m 09s +24° 12’ 59” Leo Minor
2016 Oct 27 22.43 10h 43m 45s +24° 11’ 16” Leo Minor

Distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at epoch 22 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457592.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64143658
Orbit inclination i 7.04529818°
Perihelion distance q 1.24235246 AU
185,853,282 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.68725817 AU
850,801,714 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46480531 AU
518,327,498 km
Orbital period period 6.4500 years
2,355.6821 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Aug-13 05:16:24
2,457,247.7197 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-23 21:38
2,459,603.4018 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.8421019464°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.0846669914°
Mean anomaly M 52.6900038375°
Mean motion n 0.15282198°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-May-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.89626744 AU
134,079,701 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.