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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 January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 14m 26s
+20° 49’ 09”
 = 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: 69.2°
Max altitude: 59.3°
Azimuth: 290.8°

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 Jan 15 21.92 08h 19m 53s +20° 23’ 35” Cancer
2018 Jan 16 21.92 08h 19m 06s +20° 27’ 15” Cancer
2018 Jan 17 21.92 08h 18m 20s +20° 30’ 56” Cancer
2018 Jan 18 21.93 08h 17m 34s +20° 34’ 36” Cancer
2018 Jan 19 21.93 08h 16m 46s +20° 38’ 17” Cancer
2018 Jan 20 21.93 08h 16m 00s +20° 41’ 54” Cancer
2018 Jan 21 21.93 08h 15m 12s +20° 45’ 33” Cancer
2018 Jan 22 21.93 08h 14m 26s +20° 49’ 09” Cancer
2018 Jan 23 21.94 08h 13m 38s +20° 52’ 44” Cancer
2018 Jan 24 21.94 08h 12m 51s +20° 56’ 17” Cancer
2018 Jan 25 21.94 08h 12m 05s +20° 59’ 49” Cancer
2018 Jan 26 21.94 08h 11m 18s +21° 03’ 20” Cancer
2018 Jan 27 21.95 08h 10m 32s +21° 06’ 48” Cancer
2018 Jan 28 21.95 08h 09m 46s +21° 10’ 14” 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 20 March 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455641.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53631868
Orbit inclination i 12.02253610°
Perihelion distance q 1.42222342 AU
212,761,595 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71226321 AU
704,944,544 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06724331 AU
458,853,070 km
Orbital period period 5.3700 years
1,962.0983 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Jul-04 20:36:33
2,455,382.3587 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Nov-17 22:58
2,457,344.4571 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.6353592039°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.80866129087°
Mean anomaly M 47.546475302373°
Mean motion n 0.18347704°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2026-Aug-04
Distance of closest approach* 0.41448132 AU
62,005,522 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.