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Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Object information

Comet 2P/Encke is a periodic comet which was originally discovered in 1786 by P. Méchain and finally recognized as a comet by J. F. Encke in 1819. It completes an orbit around the sun in about 3.3 years.

This site shows the current location in the sky, and other relevant information about Comet ISON in real time. Comet's precise position is obtained from the JPL Horizons service which provides ephemerides for solar system bodies.

This finder chart shows an accurate view of the star field surrounding the comet, simulating a telesopic view. It is obtained from the Digitized Sky Surcvey 2, which is a photographic archive covering large part of the sky.

The chart covers an area of 45x30 arc minutes, which is roughly equivalent of full Moon's apparent size.

Follow http://blog.ison2013.org if you are interested in daily pictres of Comet ISON.

Latest updates

A high precision photographic sky map showing the position of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) in real time.

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet Encke (2P/Encke) (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 1103338.97222h 20m 49s-13° 58’ 42”
StarHIP 1103508.178422h 21m 01s-14° 55’ 07”
StarHIP 1103887.625422h 21m 33s-14° 27’ 24”
StarHIP 1104548.495822h 22m 22s-15° 27’ 03”
StarHIP 1105078.28522h 23m 08s-14° 12’ 41”
StarHIP 1105186.993622h 23m 20s-14° 57’ 03”
StarHIP 1106025.666622h 24m 27s-13° 31’ 45”
StarHIP 1106117.569622h 24m 33s-13° 11’ 05”
StarHIP 1106377.628422h 24m 44s-12° 57’ 27”
StarHIP 1106638.568822h 25m 04s-13° 59’ 53”
StarHIP 1106898.209222h 25m 31s-15° 35’ 55”
StarHIP 1107017.80122h 25m 44s-15° 21’ 25”
StarHIP 1107237.926622h 25m 59s-14° 57’ 06”
StarHIP 1107418.955422h 26m 08s-12° 48’ 01”
StarHIP 1107678.489822h 26m 25s-14° 06’ 54”
StarHIP 1110866.34922h 30m 17s-14° 35’ 08”
StarHIP 1111417.624622h 30m 58s-14° 34’ 00”
GalaxyNGC 730013.522h 30m 59s-14° 00’ 12”

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

About the data, and how to use it

TheSkyLive.com offers live information, ephemeris computations, astronomical sky charts for the most important Solar System objects. You can use the live position charts during your observation sessions, to point your telescope and identify the object on the sky background. The ephemeris computations feature can be used to plan your astronomical observations in the future.

Please note: we aim to provide high quality data obtained from the JPL Horizons ephemeris service. Please keep in mind that for objects like comets, there might be high discrepancies between the magnitude information we are showing here and the actual value. This happens because comets' magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.

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