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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu

Above the horizon.  Rise: 13:14 | Tran: 19:21 | Set: 1:31
Altitude: 36.3°   Azimuth: 149.8°   Direction: South-South-East

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is currently in the constellation of Virgo, at a distance of 813,882,355 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is 11h 59m 10s and the Declination is +01° 42’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is 30.55 (JPL).

Finder chart of 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu in Virgo on June,15 2024
Map showing Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu in Virgo on June, 15 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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11h 59m 10s
+01° 42’ 46”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 88.3°
Max altitude: 40.2°
Azimuth: 271.7°
  • 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

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

Finder chart of 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu
Map showing Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu in Virgo on June, 15 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 11h 59m 10s
Dec: +01° 42’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu from Earth is currently 813,882,355 kilometers, equivalent to 5.440468 Astronomical Units. Light takes 45 minutes and 14.8193 seconds to travel from Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu and arrive to us.

45 minutes and 14.8193 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 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 to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu to Earth happens on Sun Oct 10 2021 at a distance of 0.737152 Astronomical Units, or 110,276,378 kilometers:

Sun Oct 10 2021

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

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu as a function of time

Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu at epoch 03 October 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459491.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.56469630
Orbit inclination i 5.38251546°
Perihelion distance q 1.69177456 AU
253,085,873 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.08107262 AU
909,715,517 km
Semi-major axis a 3.88642359 AU
581,400,695 km
Orbital period period 7.6618 years
2,798.4891 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Nov-13 02:33:18
2,459,531.6065 JD
Next perihelion transit 2029-Jul-12 14:17
2,462,330.0956 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 216.34551833376°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.99657171174°
Mean anomaly M 354.84067017867°
Mean motion n 0.12864084°/day

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

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

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 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 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jun 08 11h 58m 18s +01° 48’ 10” 30.46 Virgo
2024 Jun 09 11h 58m 23s +01° 47’ 41” 30.47 Virgo
2024 Jun 10 11h 58m 27s +01° 47’ 09” 30.48 Virgo
2024 Jun 11 11h 58m 33s +01° 46’ 32” 30.49 Virgo
2024 Jun 12 11h 58m 41s +01° 45’ 52” 30.50 Virgo
2024 Jun 13 11h 58m 48s +01° 45’ 07” 30.51 Virgo
2024 Jun 14 11h 58m 55s +01° 44’ 18” 30.53 Virgo
2024 Jun 15 11h 59m 03s +01° 43’ 26” 30.54 Virgo
2024 Jun 16 11h 59m 12s +01° 42’ 29” 30.55 Virgo
2024 Jun 17 11h 59m 21s +01° 41’ 29” 30.56 Virgo
2024 Jun 18 11h 59m 32s +01° 40’ 24” 30.57 Virgo
2024 Jun 19 11h 59m 43s +01° 39’ 15” 30.58 Virgo
2024 Jun 20 11h 59m 54s +01° 38’ 03” 30.59 Virgo
2024 Jun 21 12h 00m 06s +01° 36’ 48” 30.60 Virgo