Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1
Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is 12h 30m 05s and the Declination is +03° 34’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is 18.11 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 [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]:
- 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 rise and set times.
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Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 from Earth is currently 732,088,491 kilometers, equivalent to 4.893709 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 41.9844 seconds 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.
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 Sun Jul 3 2022 at a distance of 2.030851 Astronomical Units, or 303,811,010 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 brightness
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.
Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||3.05607580 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Mar-26 22:59:30
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Jul-10 19:48
|Argument of perihelion||peri||222.64777521881°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||58.888013293504°|
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!
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.
|2020 Oct 20||12h 22m 32s||+04° 22’ 30”||18.16||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 21||12h 23m 34s||+04° 15’ 51”||18.15||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 22||12h 24m 34s||+04° 09’ 15”||18.14||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 23||12h 25m 36s||+04° 02’ 40”||18.14||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 24||12h 26m 38s||+03° 56’ 07”||18.13||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 25||12h 27m 38s||+03° 49’ 35”||18.12||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 26||12h 28m 40s||+03° 43’ 05”||18.12||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 27||12h 29m 40s||+03° 36’ 35”||18.11||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 28||12h 30m 42s||+03° 30’ 08”||18.10||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 29||12h 31m 42s||+03° 23’ 43”||18.09||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 30||12h 32m 44s||+03° 17’ 20”||18.09||Virgo|
|2020 Oct 31||12h 33m 43s||+03° 10’ 58”||18.08||Virgo|
|2020 Nov 01||12h 34m 45s||+03° 04’ 37”||18.07||Virgo|
|2020 Nov 02||12h 35m 44s||+02° 58’ 18”||18.06||Virgo|