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Comet 108P/Ciffreo

Comet 108P/Ciffreo is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 108P/Ciffreo is 21h 06m 42s and the Declination is -25° 11’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 108P/Ciffreo is 21.97 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 108P/Ciffreo [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

21h 06m 42s
-25° 11’ 54”
Capricornus
21.97

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Comet 108P/Ciffreo Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 108P/Ciffreo 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.

Map showing Comet 108P/Ciffreo in Capricornus on January, 28 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 108P/Ciffreo in Capricornus on January, 28 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 108P/Ciffreo is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

108P/Ciffreo
RA: 21h 06m 42s
Dec: -25° 11’ 54”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 108P/Ciffreo
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 108P/Ciffreo?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 108P/Ciffreo in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 108P/Ciffreo Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo from Earth is currently 537,229,258 kilometers, equivalent to 3.591156 Astronomical Units. Light takes 29 minutes and 52.0039 seconds to travel from Comet 108P/Ciffreo and arrive to us.

537,229,258
3.591156
29 minutes and 52.0039 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo 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.

Distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 108P/Ciffreo from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 108P/Ciffreo to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 108P/Ciffreo to Earth happens on Thu Oct 19 2028 at a distance of 0.785888 Astronomical Units, or 117,567,138 kilometers:

Thu Oct 19 2028
117,567,138
0.785888

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 108P/Ciffreo brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 108P/Ciffreo is 21.97.

21.97
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The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 108P/Ciffreo, 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 108P/Ciffreo between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 108P/Ciffreo rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 108P/Ciffreo rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 115.2°
Max altitude: 13.4°
Azimuth: 244.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 108P/Ciffreo touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 108P/Ciffreo Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 108P/Ciffreo at epoch 21 May 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457164.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54338627
Orbit inclination i 13.09615621°
Perihelion distance q 1.70889425 AU
255,646,942 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.77618188 AU
864,104,512 km
Semi-major axis a 3.74253807 AU
559,875,727 km
Orbital period period 7.2400 years
2,644.5255 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-18 11:10:16
2,456,948.9655 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-13 23:47
2,459,593.4910 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 358.10765867061°
Longitude of the ascending node node 53.655214028008°
Mean anomaly M 29.340775269648°
Mean motion n 0.13613028°/day

Visualization of Comet 108P/Ciffreo Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 108P/Ciffreo with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 108P/Ciffreo and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 108P/Ciffreo
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Comet 108P/Ciffreo 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 108P/Ciffreo computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 108P/Ciffreo in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 21 20h 53m 11s -26° 07’ 42” 22.14 Capricornus
2021 Jan 22 20h 55m 01s -26° 00’ 16” 22.12 Capricornus
2021 Jan 23 20h 56m 53s -25° 52’ 45” 22.09 Capricornus
2021 Jan 24 20h 58m 44s -25° 45’ 10” 22.07 Capricornus
2021 Jan 25 21h 00m 36s -25° 37’ 29” 22.05 Capricornus
2021 Jan 26 21h 02m 27s -25° 29’ 45” 22.02 Capricornus
2021 Jan 27 21h 04m 19s -25° 21’ 56” 22.00 Capricornus
2021 Jan 28 21h 06m 11s -25° 14’ 02” 21.98 Capricornus
2021 Jan 29 21h 08m 03s -25° 06’ 03” 21.95 Capricornus
2021 Jan 30 21h 09m 56s -24° 58’ 00” 21.93 Capricornus
2021 Jan 31 21h 11m 49s -24° 49’ 51” 21.91 Capricornus
2021 Feb 01 21h 13m 42s -24° 41’ 39” 21.88 Capricornus
2021 Feb 02 21h 15m 36s -24° 33’ 21” 21.86 Capricornus
2021 Feb 03 21h 17m 29s -24° 25’ 00” 21.83 Capricornus