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Comet 10P/Tempel 2

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Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in Cancer on July, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 53m 21s
+20° 14’ 36”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 10P/Tempel 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 69.8°
Max altitude: 58.8°
Azimuth: 290.2°

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 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 10P/Tempel 2
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Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jul 13 22.67 08h 47m 02s +20° 35’ 35” Cancer
2018 Jul 14 22.67 08h 47m 56s +20° 32’ 39” Cancer
2018 Jul 15 22.67 08h 48m 50s +20° 29’ 40” Cancer
2018 Jul 16 22.67 08h 49m 44s +20° 26’ 42” Cancer
2018 Jul 17 22.67 08h 50m 39s +20° 23’ 43” Cancer
2018 Jul 18 22.68 08h 51m 33s +20° 20’ 41” Cancer
2018 Jul 19 22.68 08h 52m 27s +20° 17’ 39” Cancer
2018 Jul 20 22.68 08h 53m 21s +20° 14’ 36” Cancer
2018 Jul 21 22.68 08h 54m 16s +20° 11’ 32” Cancer
2018 Jul 22 22.68 08h 55m 10s +20° 08’ 27” Cancer
2018 Jul 23 22.68 08h 56m 06s +20° 05’ 21” Cancer
2018 Jul 24 22.68 08h 57m 01s +20° 02’ 15” Cancer
2018 Jul 25 22.68 08h 57m 56s +19° 59’ 08” Cancer
2018 Jul 26 22.69 08h 58m 50s +19° 55’ 59” Cancer

Distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 10P/Tempel 2 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 10P/Tempel 2

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 10P/Tempel 2, 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 10P/Tempel 2 between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 at epoch 23 April 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455675.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53631311
Orbit inclination i 12.02286734°
Perihelion distance q 1.42213166 AU
212,747,868 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71188549 AU
704,888,037 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06700857 AU
458,817,953 km
Orbital period period 5.3700 years
1,961.8731 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Jul-04 20:25:50
2,455,382.3513 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Nov-17 17:23
2,457,344.2244 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.63073090523°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.80674503691°
Mean anomaly M 53.79223497923°
Mean motion n 0.18349811°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2026-Aug-04
Distance of closest approach* 0.41448108 AU
62,005,486 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.