Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.
More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks 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 12P/Pons-Brooks Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jan 17||29.22||17h 58m 32s||+10° 40’ 49”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 18||29.22||17h 58m 45s||+10° 41’ 57”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 19||29.21||17h 58m 59s||+10° 43’ 08”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 20||29.21||17h 59m 12s||+10° 44’ 20”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 21||29.21||17h 59m 26s||+10° 45’ 33”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 22||29.21||17h 59m 39s||+10° 46’ 49”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 23||29.20||17h 59m 52s||+10° 48’ 06”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 24||29.20||18h 00m 05s||+10° 49’ 27”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 25||29.20||18h 00m 17s||+10° 50’ 48”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 26||29.19||18h 00m 29s||+10° 52’ 10”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 27||29.19||18h 00m 42s||+10° 53’ 35”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 28||29.19||18h 00m 55s||+10° 55’ 03”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 29||29.18||18h 01m 06s||+10° 56’ 31”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Jan 30||29.18||18h 01m 18s||+10° 58’ 01”||Ophiucus|
Distance of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.
The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 12P/Pons-Brooks is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, 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 12P/Pons-Brooks Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks at epoch 01 January 1970 00:00 UTC (JD: 2435000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.77366709 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1954-May-22 21:08:25
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Mar-27 02:06
|Argument of perihelion||peri||199.0284685654°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||255.8911443583°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2024-Jun-02|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.54560177 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.