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Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang

Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is 19h 50m 52s and the Declination is -32° 01’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is 35.42 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang [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]:

19h 50m 52s
-32° 01’ 45”
Sagittarius
35.42

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Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang in Sagittarius on November, 27 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang in Sagittarius on November, 27 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

153P/Ikeya-Zhang
RA: 19h 50m 52s
Dec: -32° 01’ 45”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang from Earth is currently 5,642,453,708 kilometers, equivalent to 37.717473 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 hours, 13 minutes and 41.1997 seconds to travel from Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang and arrive to us.

5,642,453,708
37.717473
5 hours, 13 minutes and 41.1997 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang to Earth happens on Sun Jun 30 2013 at a distance of 25.198931 Astronomical Units, or 3,769,706,411 kilometers:

Sun Jun 30 2013
3,769,706,411
25.198931

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

Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is 35.42.

35.42
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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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang, 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 122.0°
Max altitude: 6.5°
Azimuth: 238.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Nov 20 19h 50m 16s -32° 04’ 55” 35.41 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 21 19h 50m 21s -32° 04’ 32” 35.41 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 22 19h 50m 25s -32° 04’ 08” 35.41 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 23 19h 50m 30s -32° 03’ 42” 35.41 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 24 19h 50m 34s -32° 03’ 19” 35.41 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 25 19h 50m 39s -32° 02’ 54” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 26 19h 50m 44s -32° 02’ 30” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 27 19h 50m 48s -32° 02’ 05” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 28 19h 50m 53s -32° 01’ 41” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 29 19h 50m 57s -32° 01’ 17” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 30 19h 51m 03s -32° 00’ 52” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Dec 01 19h 51m 08s -32° 00’ 28” 35.42 Sagittarius
2021 Dec 02 19h 51m 14s -32° 00’ 03” 35.43 Sagittarius
2021 Dec 03 19h 51m 20s -31° 59’ 39” 35.43 Sagittarius