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Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is 13h 00m 57s and the Declination is -14° 10’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is 31.96 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR [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]:

13h 00m 57s
-14° 10’ 34”
Virgo
31.96

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Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in Virgo on September, 26 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in Virgo on September, 26 2022
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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR
RA: 13h 00m 57s
Dec: -14° 10’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR from Earth is currently 830,436,322 kilometers, equivalent to 5.551124 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 10.0374 seconds to travel from Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR and arrive to us.

830,436,322
5.551124
46 minutes and 10.0374 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR to Earth happens on Thu Nov 12 2026 at a distance of 0.401211 Astronomical Units, or 60,020,367 kilometers:

Thu Nov 12 2026
60,020,367
0.401211

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

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is 31.96.

31.96
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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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR, 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 104.2°
Max altitude: 24.3°
Azimuth: 255.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR at epoch 30 October 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458787.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.57742731
Orbit inclination i 14.43594670°
Perihelion distance q 1.38972100 AU
207,899,303 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.18770839 AU
776,070,131 km
Semi-major axis a 3.28871470 AU
491,984,717 km
Orbital period period 5.9641 years
2,178.4005 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-26 00:13:41
2,459,179.5095 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Nov-13 09:50
2,461,357.9100 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 167.76486420775°
Longitude of the ascending node node 238.98811178573°
Mean anomaly M 295.21695240574°
Mean motion n 0.16525887°/day

Visualization of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR
View Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 19 12h 54m 42s -13° 40’ 14” 31.91 Corvus
2022 Sep 20 12h 55m 36s -13° 44’ 30” 31.91 Corvus
2022 Sep 21 12h 56m 30s -13° 48’ 47” 31.92 Corvus
2022 Sep 22 12h 57m 23s -13° 53’ 05” 31.93 Virgo
2022 Sep 23 12h 58m 15s -13° 57’ 24” 31.94 Virgo
2022 Sep 24 12h 59m 09s -14° 01’ 45” 31.95 Virgo
2022 Sep 25 13h 00m 02s -14° 06’ 06” 31.96 Virgo
2022 Sep 26 13h 00m 56s -14° 10’ 30” 31.96 Virgo
2022 Sep 27 13h 01m 50s -14° 14’ 53” 31.97 Virgo
2022 Sep 28 13h 02m 44s -14° 19’ 18” 31.98 Virgo
2022 Sep 29 13h 03m 38s -14° 23’ 43” 31.99 Virgo
2022 Sep 30 13h 04m 32s -14° 28’ 09” 31.99 Virgo
2022 Oct 01 13h 05m 25s -14° 32’ 35” 32.00 Virgo
2022 Oct 02 13h 06m 19s -14° 37’ 04” 32.01 Virgo