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Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1

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Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 Position

Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is currently in the constellation of . The current Right Ascension is 10h 50m 47s and the Declination is +18° 53’ 23”.

10h 50m 47s
+18° 53’ 23”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 in on January, 24 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is right now (view fullscreen)

117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1
RA: 10h 50m 47s
Dec: +18° 53’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1
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Also check out Where is Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 Distance

The distance of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 from Earth is currently 0 kilometers, equivalent to 0.000000 Astronomical Units. Light takes to travel from Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 and arrive to us.


The following chart shows the distance of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 to Earth happens on Tue Jan 1 2013 at a distance of 0.00000000 Astronomical Units, or 0 kilometers:

Tue Jan 1 2013

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

Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is -100.00.


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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1, 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 71.1°
Max altitude: 57.4°
Azimuth: 288.9°
Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 at epoch 06 July 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456845.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.25388152
Orbit inclination i 8.69718066°
Perihelion distance q 3.05632817 AU
457,220,188 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.13628000 AU
768,376,553 km
Semi-major axis a 4.09630409 AU
612,798,371 km
Orbital period period 8.2900 years
3,028.2150 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Mar-27 02:42:37
2,456,743.6129 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jul-11 07:52
2,459,771.8280 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 222.67472569696°
Longitude of the ascending node node 58.894961241181°
Mean anomaly M 12.112530001201°
Mean motion n 0.11888191°/day

Visualization of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1
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Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 17 10h 53m 08s +18° 26’ 26” N.A.
2020 Jan 18 10h 52m 51s +18° 30’ 02” N.A.
2020 Jan 19 10h 52m 33s +18° 33’ 42” N.A.
2020 Jan 20 10h 52m 15s +18° 37’ 23” N.A.
2020 Jan 21 10h 51m 56s +18° 41’ 08” N.A.
2020 Jan 22 10h 51m 34s +18° 44’ 56” N.A.
2020 Jan 23 10h 51m 14s +18° 48’ 47” N.A.
2020 Jan 24 10h 50m 52s +18° 52’ 40” N.A.
2020 Jan 25 10h 50m 29s +18° 56’ 35” N.A.
2020 Jan 26 10h 50m 04s +19° 00’ 32” N.A.
2020 Jan 27 10h 49m 41s +19° 04’ 32” N.A.
2020 Jan 28 10h 49m 14s +19° 08’ 32” N.A.
2020 Jan 29 10h 48m 48s +19° 12’ 36” N.A.
2020 Jan 30 10h 48m 21s +19° 16’ 40” N.A.