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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Leo on May,31 2016
Sky map showing 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Leo on May, 31 2016
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit Diagram (beta)

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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 visualize an interactive sky map showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be located at the chosen date. Real time current position of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is also available.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 May 24 19.09 11h 16m 50s +10° 53’ 38” Leo
2016 May 25 19.11 11h 17m 14s +10° 48’ 11” Leo
2016 May 26 19.14 11h 17m 39s +10° 42’ 41” Leo
2016 May 27 19.17 11h 18m 05s +10° 37’ 06” Leo
2016 May 28 19.19 11h 18m 30s +10° 31’ 30” Leo
2016 May 29 19.22 11h 18m 57s +10° 25’ 49” Leo
2016 May 30 19.25 11h 19m 26s +10° 20’ 03” Leo
2016 May 31 19.27 11h 19m 54s +10° 14’ 16” Leo
2016 Jun 01 19.30 11h 20m 25s +10° 08’ 25” Leo
2016 Jun 02 19.33 11h 20m 54s +10° 02’ 30” Leo
2016 Jun 03 19.35 11h 21m 25s +09° 56’ 33” Leo
2016 Jun 04 19.38 11h 21m 57s +09° 50’ 32” Leo
2016 Jun 05 19.41 11h 22m 31s +09° 44’ 29” Leo
2016 Jun 06 19.43 11h 23m 04s +09° 38’ 22” Leo

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 sampled with a 2 days interval, so please keep in mind that there might be inaccuracies around the time of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. Real time current distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth is also available.

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.

The magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval, so there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. Also, for comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of the their highly dynamic and unpredictable behaviour. To get precise information about the current magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, updated in real time, please go to the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko live tracker page.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between January 2013 and January 2030

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at epoch 04 November 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457331.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64093010
Orbit inclination i 7.04016807°
Perihelion distance q 1.24328156 AU
185,992,274 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.68172971 AU
849,974,669 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46250564 AU
517,983,471 km
Orbital period period 6.4400 years
2,353.3372 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Aug-13 02:10:48
2,457,247.5908 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-21 10:16
2,459,600.9280 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.8006512707°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.1350066354°
Mean anomaly M 12.835940645°
Mean motion n 0.15297425°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2021-Nov-12
Distance of closest approach* 0.42137788 AU
63,037,234 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.