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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley

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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Position

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 33m 46s and the Declination is -21° 03’ 53”.

19h 33m 46s
-21° 03’ 53”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley in Sagittarius on March, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 19h 33m 46s
Dec: -21° 03’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley
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Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley Distance

The distance of Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley from Earth is currently 739,144,078 kilometers, equivalent to 4.940873 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 5.5193 seconds to travel from Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley and arrive to us.

41 minutes and 5.5193 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 1.32480123 Astronomical Units, or 198,187,444 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 20.94.


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: 111.1°
Max altitude: 17.5°
Azimuth: 248.9°
Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 28 August 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455072.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.29063922
Orbit inclination i 5.19103341°
Perihelion distance q 3.03869360 AU
454,582,094 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.52872005 AU
827,084,748 km
Semi-major axis a 4.28370682 AU
640,833,421 km
Orbital period period 8.8700 years
3,238.3817 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2005-May-22 17:58:27
2,453,513.2489 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Apr-04 03:08
2,456,751.6306 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 181.09946679921°
Longitude of the ascending node node 244.07470304861°
Mean anomaly M 173.33669626265°
Mean motion n 0.11116664°/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
2020 Mar 22 19h 29m 31s -21° 09’ 48” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 23 19h 30m 07s -21° 08’ 58” 20.99 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 24 19h 30m 42s -21° 08’ 08” 20.98 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 25 19h 31m 18s -21° 07’ 19” 20.97 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 26 19h 31m 51s -21° 06’ 32” 20.96 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 27 19h 32m 26s -21° 05’ 45” 20.96 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 28 19h 32m 58s -21° 04’ 59” 20.95 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 29 19h 33m 30s -21° 04’ 14” 20.94 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 30 19h 34m 02s -21° 03’ 32” 20.93 Sagittarius
2020 Mar 31 19h 34m 35s -21° 02’ 49” 20.92 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 01 19h 35m 04s -21° 02’ 08” 20.91 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 02 19h 35m 35s -21° 01’ 28” 20.90 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 03 19h 36m 03s -21° 00’ 51” 20.89 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 04 19h 36m 33s -21° 00’ 14” 20.88 Sagittarius