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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 Gemini on April, 19 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 47m 48s
+23° 08’ 08”
 = 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: 66.9°
Max altitude: 61.7°
Azimuth: 293.1°

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 Apr 12 21.27 07h 45m 46s +23° 10’ 08” Gemini
2018 Apr 13 21.27 07h 46m 00s +23° 09’ 57” Gemini
2018 Apr 14 21.28 07h 46m 17s +23° 09’ 45” Gemini
2018 Apr 15 21.29 07h 46m 32s +23° 09’ 29” Gemini
2018 Apr 16 21.30 07h 46m 50s +23° 09’ 12” Gemini
2018 Apr 17 21.31 07h 47m 08s +23° 08’ 53” Gemini
2018 Apr 18 21.32 07h 47m 27s +23° 08’ 31” Gemini
2018 Apr 19 21.32 07h 47m 48s +23° 08’ 08” Gemini
2018 Apr 20 21.33 07h 48m 07s +23° 07’ 41” Gemini
2018 Apr 21 21.34 07h 48m 29s +23° 07’ 13” Gemini
2018 Apr 22 21.35 07h 48m 51s +23° 06’ 42” Gemini
2018 Apr 23 21.36 07h 49m 14s +23° 06’ 08” Gemini
2018 Apr 24 21.36 07h 49m 37s +23° 05’ 33” Gemini
2018 Apr 25 21.37 07h 50m 02s +23° 04’ 55” Gemini

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 22 April 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455674.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53631329
Orbit inclination i 12.02285786°
Perihelion distance q 1.42213399 AU
212,748,218 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71189556 AU
704,889,544 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06701478 AU
458,818,881 km
Orbital period period 5.3700 years
1,961.8790 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Jul-04 20:26:09
2,455,382.3515 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Nov-17 17:31
2,457,344.2305 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.63085091°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.80679537007°
Mean anomaly M 53.6085342468°
Mean motion n 0.18349755°/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.