Comet 103P/Hartley is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 103P/Hartley is 06h 50m 33s and the Declination is +28° 10’ 36” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 103P/Hartley is 13.98 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 10.4 (COBS).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.
- 103P/Hartley is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the West direction at an altitude of 35° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 103P/Hartley is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Comet 103P/Hartley Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 103P/Hartley finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 103P/Hartley is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 103P/Hartley?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 103P/Hartley in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 103P/Hartley Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 103P/Hartley from Earth is currently 58,235,661 kilometers, equivalent to 0.389281 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3 minutes and 14.2533 seconds to travel from Comet 103P/Hartley and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 103P/Hartley from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 103P/Hartley from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 103P/Hartley to Earth
Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet 103P/Hartley to Earth happens on Thu Oct 21 2010 at a distance of 0.120883 Astronomical Units, or 18,083,776 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 103P/Hartley Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 103P/Hartley, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.
Comet 103P/Hartley 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 103P/Hartley computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 103P/Hartley in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Sep 27||06h 06m 02s||+34° 24’ 55”||13.98||Auriga|
|2023 Sep 28||06h 12m 34s||+33° 37’ 35”||13.97||Auriga|
|2023 Sep 29||06h 18m 57s||+32° 49’ 05”||13.97||Auriga|
|2023 Sep 30||06h 25m 09s||+31° 59’ 34”||13.97||Auriga|
|2023 Oct 01||06h 31m 10s||+31° 09’ 10”||13.97||Auriga|
|2023 Oct 02||06h 37m 01s||+30° 18’ 01”||13.97||Auriga|
|2023 Oct 03||06h 42m 42s||+29° 26’ 14”||13.98||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 04||06h 48m 12s||+28° 33’ 59”||13.98||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 05||06h 53m 34s||+27° 41’ 20”||13.99||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 06||06h 58m 45s||+26° 48’ 25”||13.99||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 07||07h 03m 46s||+25° 55’ 20”||14.00||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 08||07h 08m 38s||+25° 02’ 12”||14.01||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 09||07h 13m 21s||+24° 09’ 06”||14.02||Gemini|
|2023 Oct 10||07h 17m 53s||+23° 16’ 06”||14.03||Gemini|