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Encke's Comet live position and data

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This page shows Comet Encke (2P/Encke) location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizzondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

If you would like to browse a wider interactive sky chart with additional features you can also use our Online Planetarium to visualize the position of Encke's Comet in the sky from any location and any time.

Local Time:
Right Ascension: 0.606198
Declination: 8.284663 (J2000)
Magnitude: 20.51
Constellation: Pisces
Solar Elongation: 53.2°

Distance of Encke's Comet from the Sun: 495315977 km [Relative velocity:  km/s]
Distance of Encke's Comet from the Earth: 570903622 km [Relative velocity:  km/s]

Perihelion: 10 Mar 2017 00:22 UTC []

Conjunctions of Encke's Comet with other objects

The following table is a list of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) that are currently in close conjunction (less than 1.5 degrees apart) with Comet Encke (2P/Encke):

Object TypeObject NameMagnitudeR.A.Dec.
StarHIP 24916.837600h 31m 37s+09° 09’ 40”
StarHIP 27518.319200h 35m 07s+07° 43’ 23”
StarHIP 28338.415800h 35m 57s+07° 36’ 32”
StarHIP 28477.715600h 36m 03s+07° 09’ 21”
StarHIP 28737.762600h 36m 24s+08° 52’ 27”
StarHIP 29638.877200h 37m 37s+09° 38’ 29”
StarHIP 30177.937600h 38m 24s+08° 36’ 16”
StarHIP 30698.067200h 38m 57s+07° 54’ 53”
StarHIP 3161000h 40m 13s+07° 47’ 18”
GalaxyUGC 31214.000h 31m 23s+08° 28’ 05”
GalaxyIC 3413.600h 35m 36s+09° 07’ 22”
GalaxyNGC 18013.800h 37m 57s+08° 38’ 03”

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