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Comet 108P/Ciffreo

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Comet 108P/Ciffreo Position

Comet 108P/Ciffreo is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 07m 04s and the Declination is -30° 16’ 57”.

19h 07m 04s
-30° 16’ 57”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 108P/Ciffreo is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 108P/Ciffreo in Sagittarius on April, 04 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 108P/Ciffreo is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 19h 07m 04s
Dec: -30° 16’ 57”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 108P/Ciffreo
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Comet 108P/Ciffreo Distance

The distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo from Earth is currently 606,653,185 kilometers, equivalent to 4.055226 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 43.5772 seconds to travel from Comet 108P/Ciffreo and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 43.5772 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 0.78588777 Astronomical Units, or 117,567,138 kilometers:

Thu Oct 19 2028

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 26.50.


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: 120.3°
Max altitude: 8.3°
Azimuth: 239.7°
Comet 108P/Ciffreo is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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
2020 Mar 28 19h 02m 39s -30° 03’ 17” 26.66 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 29 19h 03m 15s -30° 04’ 54” 26.64 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 30 19h 03m 51s -30° 06’ 33” 26.62 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 31 19h 04m 24s -30° 08’ 13” 26.60 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 01 19h 04m 59s -30° 09’ 56” 26.58 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 02 19h 05m 33s -30° 11’ 40” 26.56 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 03 19h 06m 05s -30° 13’ 27” 26.54 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 04 19h 06m 37s -30° 15’ 17” 26.52 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 05 19h 07m 06s -30° 17’ 08” 26.50 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 06 19h 07m 36s -30° 19’ 02” 26.48 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 07 19h 08m 07s -30° 21’ 00” 26.46 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 08 19h 08m 35s -30° 22’ 58” 26.44 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 09 19h 09m 02s -30° 24’ 59” 26.42 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 10 19h 09m 29s -30° 27’ 02” 26.40 Sagittarius