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).
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang brightness
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.
Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang rise and set times
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.
|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|