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Comet 10P/Tempel 2

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is 15h 09m 43s and the Declination is -10° 02’ 26” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is 18.13 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 10P/Tempel 2 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

15h 09m 43s
-10° 02’ 26”
Libra
18.13

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Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 10P/Tempel 2 finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in Libra on October, 31 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in Libra on October, 31 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

10P/Tempel 2
RA: 15h 09m 43s
Dec: -10° 02’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 10P/Tempel 2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 10P/Tempel 2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth is currently 443,594,253 kilometers, equivalent to 2.965244 Astronomical Units. Light takes 24 minutes and 39.6712 seconds to travel from Comet 10P/Tempel 2 and arrive to us.

443,594,253
2.965244
24 minutes and 39.6712 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 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 10P/Tempel 2 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 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 to Earth happens on Tue Aug 4 2026 at a distance of 0.414484 Astronomical Units, or 62,005,890 kilometers:

Tue Aug 4 2026
62,005,890
0.414484

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is 18.13.

18.13
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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 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 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 10P/Tempel 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 100.0°
Max altitude: 28.4°
Azimuth: 259.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 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 10P/Tempel 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 at epoch 31 October 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455866.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53627315
Orbit inclination i 12.02422300°
Perihelion distance q 1.42180596 AU
212,699,144 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71027790 AU
704,647,546 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06604193 AU
458,673,345 km
Orbital period period 5.3700 years
1,960.9457 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Jul-04 18:54:58
2,455,382.2882 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Nov-16 17:36
2,457,343.2338 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.60778833465°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.8023017705°
Mean anomaly M 88.893975234062°
Mean motion n 0.18358489°/day

Visualization of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Orbit

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 15 Days 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
2020 Oct 24 14h 54m 14s -08° 40’ 32” 18.20 Libra
2020 Oct 25 14h 56m 18s -08° 51’ 51” 18.19 Libra
2020 Oct 26 14h 58m 24s -09° 03’ 09” 18.18 Libra
2020 Oct 27 15h 00m 30s -09° 14’ 24” 18.17 Libra
2020 Oct 28 15h 02m 38s -09° 25’ 36” 18.16 Libra
2020 Oct 29 15h 04m 45s -09° 36’ 47” 18.15 Libra
2020 Oct 30 15h 06m 54s -09° 47’ 57” 18.14 Libra
2020 Oct 31 15h 09m 03s -09° 59’ 03” 18.13 Libra
2020 Nov 01 15h 11m 13s -10° 10’ 06” 18.12 Libra
2020 Nov 02 15h 13m 24s -10° 21’ 07” 18.11 Libra
2020 Nov 03 15h 15m 37s -10° 32’ 06” 18.09 Libra
2020 Nov 04 15h 17m 48s -10° 43’ 01” 18.08 Libra
2020 Nov 05 15h 20m 02s -10° 53’ 53” 18.07 Libra
2020 Nov 06 15h 22m 17s -11° 04’ 44” 18.06 Libra