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Comet 110P/Hartley 3

Comet 110P/Hartley 3 is currently in the constellation of Crater. The current Right Ascension of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 is 11h 53m 26s and the Declination is -08° 33’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 is 20.14 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 110P/Hartley 3 [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]:

11h 53m 26s
-08° 33’ 44”

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Comet 110P/Hartley 3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3 in Crater on October, 01 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 110P/Hartley 3 in Crater on October, 01 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = 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 110P/Hartley 3 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

110P/Hartley 3
RA: 11h 53m 26s
Dec: -08° 33’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 110P/Hartley 3
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 110P/Hartley 3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 from Earth is currently 618,404,315 kilometers, equivalent to 4.133778 Astronomical Units. Light takes 34 minutes and 22.7748 seconds to travel from Comet 110P/Hartley 3 and arrive to us.

34 minutes and 22.7748 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 to Earth happens on Wed Dec 31 2014 at a distance of 1.494125 Astronomical Units, or 223,517,893 kilometers:

Wed Dec 31 2014

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

Comet 110P/Hartley 3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 is 20.14.


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 110P/Hartley 3, 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 110P/Hartley 3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.5°
Max altitude: 30.0°
Azimuth: 261.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 at epoch 28 April 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458237.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.31626529
Orbit inclination i 11.69814307°
Perihelion distance q 2.46453371 AU
368,688,996 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.74450123 AU
709,767,283 km
Semi-major axis a 3.60451747 AU
539,228,140 km
Orbital period period 6.8435 years
2,499.5920 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Dec-16 16:11:12
2,457,008.1744 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Oct-20 06:23
2,459,507.7665 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 167.39700880629°
Longitude of the ascending node node 287.52981463754°
Mean anomaly M 177.05177306679°
Mean motion n 0.14402350°/day

Visualization of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 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 110P/Hartley 3
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Comet 110P/Hartley 3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 110P/Hartley 3 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 110P/Hartley 3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 24 11h 42m 56s -07° 18’ 43” 20.06 Crater
2022 Sep 25 11h 44m 18s -07° 28’ 26” 20.07 Crater
2022 Sep 26 11h 45m 41s -07° 38’ 08” 20.08 Crater
2022 Sep 27 11h 47m 03s -07° 47’ 51” 20.09 Crater
2022 Sep 28 11h 48m 24s -07° 57’ 33” 20.10 Crater
2022 Sep 29 11h 49m 45s -08° 07’ 17” 20.11 Crater
2022 Sep 30 11h 51m 06s -08° 16’ 59” 20.12 Crater
2022 Oct 01 11h 52m 27s -08° 26’ 42” 20.13 Crater
2022 Oct 02 11h 53m 48s -08° 36’ 24” 20.14 Crater
2022 Oct 03 11h 55m 09s -08° 46’ 06” 20.15 Crater
2022 Oct 04 11h 56m 30s -08° 55’ 49” 20.16 Virgo
2022 Oct 05 11h 57m 51s -09° 05’ 30” 20.17 Virgo
2022 Oct 06 11h 59m 12s -09° 15’ 12” 20.18 Virgo
2022 Oct 07 12h 00m 32s -09° 24’ 55” 20.18 Virgo