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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley

Altitude: -1.3°   Azimuth: 84.3°   Direction: East

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is 12h 39m 22s and the Declination is +02° 33’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is 20.02 (JPL).

12h 39m 22s
+02° 33’ 01”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 87.4°
Max altitude: 41.1°
Azimuth: 272.5°
  • 119P/Parker-Hartley is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 119P/Parker-Hartley is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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.

Finder chart of 119P/Parker-Hartley in Virgo on November,29 2023
Map showing Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in Virgo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 119P/Parker-Hartley
Map showing Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in Virgo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 12h 39m 22s
Dec: +02° 33’ 01”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley from Earth is currently 613,140,447 kilometers, equivalent to 4.098591 Astronomical Units. Light takes 34 minutes and 5.2164 seconds to travel from Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley and arrive to us.

34 minutes and 5.2164 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 119P/Parker-Hartley from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley to Earth happens on Sun Dec 4 2044 at a distance of 1.324875 Astronomical Units, or 198,198,526 kilometers:

Sun Dec 4 2044

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

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley as a function of time

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley at epoch 07 July 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456846.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.29282504
Orbit inclination i 5.19490718°
Perihelion distance q 3.02651898 AU
452,760,796 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.53294414 AU
827,716,664 km
Semi-major axis a 4.27973156 AU
640,238,730 km
Orbital period period 8.8539 years
3,233.8749 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Apr-02 15:53:24
2,456,750.1621 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Feb-08 12:53
2,459,984.0370 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 181.31850175621°
Longitude of the ascending node node 244.09842926753°
Mean anomaly M 10.72448585852°
Mean motion n 0.11132156°/day

Visualization of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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 119P/Parker-Hartley
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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 22 12h 32m 53s +03° 03’ 19” 20.01 Virgo
2023 Nov 23 12h 33m 51s +02° 58’ 49” 20.01 Virgo
2023 Nov 24 12h 34m 46s +02° 54’ 23” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 25 12h 35m 42s +02° 50’ 02” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 26 12h 36m 37s +02° 45’ 45” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 27 12h 37m 31s +02° 41’ 31” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 28 12h 38m 25s +02° 37’ 23” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 29 12h 39m 19s +02° 33’ 20” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Nov 30 12h 40m 10s +02° 29’ 21” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Dec 01 12h 41m 03s +02° 25’ 27” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Dec 02 12h 41m 56s +02° 21’ 37” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Dec 03 12h 42m 47s +02° 17’ 52” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Dec 04 12h 43m 37s +02° 14’ 11” 20.02 Virgo
2023 Dec 05 12h 44m 27s +02° 10’ 36” 20.02 Virgo