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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 Leo on February, 19 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
10h 04m 44s
+19° 55’ 54”

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 behvior 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.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 70.1°
Max altitude: 58.4°
Azimuth: 289.9°

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
View Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Feb 12 10h 10m 24s +19° 16’ 48” 21.51 Leo
2019 Feb 13 10h 09m 42s +19° 21’ 57” 21.51 Leo
2019 Feb 14 10h 08m 57s +19° 27’ 06” 21.50 Leo
2019 Feb 15 10h 08m 13s +19° 32’ 12” 21.50 Leo
2019 Feb 16 10h 07m 29s +19° 37’ 18” 21.50 Leo
2019 Feb 17 10h 06m 46s +19° 42’ 19” 21.50 Leo
2019 Feb 18 10h 06m 02s +19° 47’ 17” 21.49 Leo
2019 Feb 19 10h 05m 17s +19° 52’ 14” 21.49 Leo
2019 Feb 20 10h 04m 32s +19° 57’ 06” 21.49 Leo
2019 Feb 21 10h 03m 48s +20° 01’ 56” 21.49 Leo
2019 Feb 22 10h 03m 03s +20° 06’ 43” 21.49 Leo
2019 Feb 23 10h 02m 20s +20° 11’ 26” 21.48 Leo
2019 Feb 24 10h 01m 36s +20° 16’ 05” 21.48 Leo
2019 Feb 25 10h 00m 51s +20° 20’ 40” 21.48 Leo

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 2100

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 2100

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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.