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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is 07h 31m 21s and the Declination is +24° 50’ 51” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is 16.29 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 14.4 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley [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]:

07h 31m 21s
+24° 50’ 51”

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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.

Map showing Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in Gemini on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in Gemini on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = 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 119P/Parker-Hartley is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 07h 31m 21s
Dec: +24° 50’ 51”
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 254,100,572 kilometers, equivalent to 1.698557 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 7.5883 seconds to travel from Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 7.5883 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.

Distance of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley to Earth happens on Sun Dec 4 2044 at a distance of 1.324923 Astronomical Units, or 198,205,703 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

The current visual magnitude of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is 16.29.


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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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 119P/Parker-Hartley rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 65.1°
Max altitude: 63.4°
Azimuth: 294.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley 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 119P/Parker-Hartley Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley at epoch 26 June 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456470.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.29219420
Orbit inclination i 5.19613535°
Perihelion distance q 3.02670911 AU
452,789,240 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.52566245 AU
826,627,338 km
Semi-major axis a 4.27618578 AU
639,708,289 km
Orbital period period 8.8429 years
3,229.8569 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Apr-02 12:01:03
2,456,750.0007 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Feb-04 08:34
2,459,979.8576 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 181.27971465655°
Longitude of the ascending node node 244.10023239054°
Mean anomaly M 328.84683478604°
Mean motion n 0.11146005°/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 Jan 29 07h 35m 51s +24° 22’ 58” 16.17 Gemini
2023 Jan 30 07h 35m 11s +24° 27’ 06” 16.19 Gemini
2023 Jan 31 07h 34m 31s +24° 31’ 10” 16.20 Gemini
2023 Feb 01 07h 33m 52s +24° 35’ 08” 16.22 Gemini
2023 Feb 02 07h 33m 15s +24° 38’ 57” 16.23 Gemini
2023 Feb 03 07h 32m 39s +24° 42’ 42” 16.25 Gemini
2023 Feb 04 07h 32m 06s +24° 46’ 21” 16.26 Gemini
2023 Feb 05 07h 31m 32s +24° 49’ 51” 16.28 Gemini
2023 Feb 06 07h 31m 00s +24° 53’ 17” 16.30 Gemini
2023 Feb 07 07h 30m 29s +24° 56’ 35” 16.32 Gemini
2023 Feb 08 07h 30m 01s +24° 59’ 48” 16.33 Gemini
2023 Feb 09 07h 29m 32s +25° 02’ 53” 16.35 Gemini
2023 Feb 10 07h 29m 07s +25° 05’ 53” 16.37 Gemini
2023 Feb 11 07h 28m 41s +25° 08’ 47” 16.39 Gemini