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Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence

Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence is 13h 28m 02s and the Declination is +04° 00’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence is 17.73 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence [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 28m 02s
+04° 00’ 34”
  • 152P/Helin-Lawrence is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 43° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 152P/Helin-Lawrence is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 152P/Helin-Lawrence rise and set times.
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Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence in Virgo on May, 07 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence in Virgo 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 13h 28m 02s
Dec: +04° 00’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence from Earth is currently 368,186,731 kilometers, equivalent to 2.461176 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 28.1387 seconds to travel from Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 28.1387 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence to Earth happens on Wed May 23 2057 at a distance of 1.664038 Astronomical Units, or 248,936,552 kilometers:

Wed May 23 2057

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

Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence is 17.73.


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 152P/Helin-Lawrence, 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 86.0°
Max altitude: 42.5°
Azimuth: 274.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence at epoch 09 July 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455022.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.30826278
Orbit inclination i 9.87082643°
Perihelion distance q 3.11130608 AU
465,444,766 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.88432399 AU
880,282,341 km
Semi-major axis a 4.49781504 AU
672,863,554 km
Orbital period period 9.5400 years
3,484.1819 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-Jul-09 06:22:49
2,456,117.7659 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-22 10:44
2,459,601.9477 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 163.91734633323°
Longitude of the ascending node node 91.959319567304°
Mean anomaly M 246.83262683647°
Mean motion n 0.10332411°/day

Visualization of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 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 152P/Helin-Lawrence
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Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Apr 30 13h 32m 30s +03° 55’ 01” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 01 13h 31m 54s +03° 56’ 12” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 02 13h 31m 18s +03° 57’ 14” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 03 13h 30m 44s +03° 58’ 09” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 04 13h 30m 11s +03° 58’ 54” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 05 13h 29m 36s +03° 59’ 33” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 06 13h 29m 03s +04° 00’ 02” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 07 13h 28m 32s +04° 00’ 24” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 08 13h 28m 00s +04° 00’ 38” 17.73 Virgo
2021 May 09 13h 27m 29s +04° 00’ 42” 17.74 Virgo
2021 May 10 13h 26m 58s +04° 00’ 38” 17.74 Virgo
2021 May 11 13h 26m 30s +04° 00’ 25” 17.74 Virgo
2021 May 12 13h 26m 00s +04° 00’ 05” 17.74 Virgo
2021 May 13 13h 25m 32s +03° 59’ 35” 17.74 Virgo