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Comet 10P/Tempel 2

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Comet 10P/Tempel 2 Position

Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 11h 48m 53s and the Declination is +09° 22’ 47”.

11h 48m 53s
+09° 22’ 47”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in Virgo on October, 18 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is right now (view fullscreen)

10P/Tempel 2
RA: 11h 48m 53s
Dec: +09° 22’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 10P/Tempel 2
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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

The distance of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 from Earth is currently 711,967,045 kilometers, equivalent to 4.759206 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 34.8664 seconds to travel from Comet 10P/Tempel 2 and arrive to us.

39 minutes and 34.8664 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 0.41448132 Astronomical Units, or 62,005,522 kilometers:

Tue Aug 4 2026

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 21.44.


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.

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: 80.6°
Max altitude: 47.9°
Azimuth: 279.3°
Comet 10P/Tempel 2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 21 May 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455703.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53630701
Orbit inclination i 12.02311828°
Perihelion distance q 1.42207460 AU
212,739,333 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71161575 AU
704,847,685 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06684518 AU
458,793,509 km
Orbital period period 5.3700 years
1,961.7163 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Jul-04 20:16:23
2,455,382.3447 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Nov-17 13:27
2,457,344.0610 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.62753795777°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.8055523495°
Mean anomaly M 58.936095488441°
Mean motion n 0.18351277°/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
2019 Oct 11 11h 41m 39s +09° 59’ 30” 21.51 Virgo
2019 Oct 12 11h 42m 39s +09° 54’ 19” 21.50 Virgo
2019 Oct 13 11h 43m 41s +09° 49’ 10” 21.49 Virgo
2019 Oct 14 11h 44m 40s +09° 44’ 03” 21.48 Virgo
2019 Oct 15 11h 45m 41s +09° 38’ 57” 21.47 Virgo
2019 Oct 16 11h 46m 41s +09° 33’ 52” 21.46 Virgo
2019 Oct 17 11h 47m 40s +09° 28’ 50” 21.45 Virgo
2019 Oct 18 11h 48m 41s +09° 23’ 49” 21.44 Virgo
2019 Oct 19 11h 49m 41s +09° 18’ 51” 21.43 Virgo
2019 Oct 20 11h 50m 40s +09° 13’ 53” 21.42 Virgo
2019 Oct 21 11h 51m 39s +09° 08’ 57” 21.41 Virgo
2019 Oct 22 11h 52m 40s +09° 04’ 05” 21.40 Virgo
2019 Oct 23 11h 53m 39s +08° 59’ 12” 21.39 Virgo
2019 Oct 24 11h 54m 38s +08° 54’ 24” 21.38 Virgo