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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: 0.279061
Declination: 5.687026 (J2000)
Magnitude: 20.63
Constellation: Pisces
Solar Elongation: 37.1°

Distance of Encke's Comet from the Sun: 512436867 km [Relative velocity:  km/s]
Distance of Encke's Comet from the Earth: 624608866 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 1050000h 13m 05s+05° 37’ 53”
StarHIP 10958.825400h 13m 40s+06° 34’ 49”
StarHIP 11498.933400h 14m 21s+04° 53’ 09”
StarHIP 11998.384600h 15m 00s+05° 35’ 18”
StarHIP 12496.865200h 15m 38s+05° 50’ 37”
StarHIP 12727.12100h 15m 57s+04° 15’ 04”
StarHIP 1438000h 17m 55s+04° 41’ 56”
StarHIP 15668.682200h 19m 29s+05° 45’ 37”
StarHIP 16026.628800h 20m 05s+06° 17’ 33”
StarHIP 16287.587600h 20m 21s+04° 46’ 44”
GalaxyUGC 14314.000h 15m 16s+05° 53’ 40”

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