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Position of Encke's Comet in the Sky

The current position of Encke's Comet is computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements). It is important to be aware that for objects like comets there might be large discrepancies between the predicted magnitude and the real one. This happens because comets magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.

Current close conjunctions

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

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 115752023h 27m 04s-01° 17’ 12”
StarHIP 1157677.501223h 27m 14s-02° 38’ 12”
StarHIP 1158458.014423h 28m 08s-02° 26’ 53”
StarHIP 1158627.976823h 28m 27s-02° 39’ 12”
StarHIP 1159098.515223h 29m 02s-01° 28’ 13”
StarHIP 1159456.218823h 29m 26s-01° 47’ 28”
StarHIP 1159516.835823h 29m 30s-01° 02’ 08”
StarHIP 1161466.269823h 31m 57s-01° 05’ 09”
StarHIP 1161598.778223h 32m 08s-03° 01’ 42”
StarHIP 1162257.078423h 32m 55s-03° 01’ 00”
StarHIP 1162907.732423h 33m 41s-02° 14’ 40”
StarHIP 1163235.86723h 34m 08s-01° 14’ 51”
GalaxyPGC 7162613.023h 30m 32s-02° 27’ 43”
GalaxyIC 149213.623h 30m 35s-03° 02’ 25”
GalaxyIC 149613.123h 30m 53s-02° 56’ 03”
GalaxyNGC 769413.623h 33m 15s-02° 42’ 11”

Additional resources

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.

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