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Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 is 22h 14m 00s and the Declination is -07° 00’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 is 19.68 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 [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]:

22h 14m 00s
-07° 00’ 17”

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Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 in Aquarius on May, 07 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 in Aquarius on May, 07 2021
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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2
RA: 22h 14m 00s
Dec: -07° 00’ 17”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 from Earth is currently 374,681,210 kilometers, equivalent to 2.504589 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 49.8020 seconds to travel from Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 49.8020 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 to Earth happens on Sat Oct 9 2021 at a distance of 0.737339 Astronomical Units, or 110,304,403 kilometers:

Sat Oct 9 2021

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

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 is 19.68.


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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2, 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 97.1°
Max altitude: 31.4°
Azimuth: 262.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 at epoch 08 July 2002 00:00 UTC (JD: 2452464.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53072972
Orbit inclination i 5.76803446°
Perihelion distance q 1.91832472 AU
286,977,294 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25745279 AU
936,101,616 km
Semi-major axis a 4.08788876 AU
611,539,455 km
Orbital period period 8.2700 years
3,018.8882 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2006-Feb-14 11:41:33
2,453,780.9872 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-May-22 09:00
2,456,799.8754 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 221.18842289451°
Longitude of the ascending node node 178.43065807013°
Mean anomaly M 203.00995636133°
Mean motion n 0.11924920°/day

Visualization of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 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 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2
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Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Apr 30 22h 01m 50s -08° 07’ 41” 19.86 Aquarius
2021 May 01 22h 03m 23s -07° 59’ 16” 19.84 Aquarius
2021 May 02 22h 04m 55s -07° 50’ 48” 19.82 Aquarius
2021 May 03 22h 06m 28s -07° 42’ 19” 19.79 Aquarius
2021 May 04 22h 07m 59s -07° 33’ 47” 19.77 Aquarius
2021 May 05 22h 09m 32s -07° 25’ 17” 19.75 Aquarius
2021 May 06 22h 11m 03s -07° 16’ 44” 19.72 Aquarius
2021 May 07 22h 12m 34s -07° 08’ 11” 19.70 Aquarius
2021 May 08 22h 14m 07s -06° 59’ 35” 19.68 Aquarius
2021 May 09 22h 15m 38s -06° 50’ 59” 19.65 Aquarius
2021 May 10 22h 17m 08s -06° 42’ 24” 19.63 Aquarius
2021 May 11 22h 18m 39s -06° 33’ 47” 19.60 Aquarius
2021 May 12 22h 20m 11s -06° 25’ 09” 19.58 Aquarius
2021 May 13 22h 21m 42s -06° 16’ 31” 19.55 Aquarius