The current Right Ascension of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is 19h 54m 33s and the Declination is -32° 04’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is 35.94 (JPL).
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.
- 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
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 6,004,821,750 kilometers, equivalent to 40.139754 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 hours, 33 minutes and 49.9293 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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 and Light Curve
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 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.50707009 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2002-Mar-18 23:31:25
|Next perihelion transit||2367-Sep-20 09:05
|Argument of perihelion||peri||34.668178657425°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||93.369456618754°|
Visualization of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang 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!
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.
|2023 Dec 04||19h 53m 53s||-32° 07’ 10”||35.93||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 05||19h 53m 57s||-32° 06’ 47”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 06||19h 54m 03s||-32° 06’ 24”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 07||19h 54m 08s||-32° 06’ 00”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 08||19h 54m 14s||-32° 05’ 36”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 09||19h 54m 20s||-32° 05’ 12”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 10||19h 54m 24s||-32° 04’ 50”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 11||19h 54m 30s||-32° 04’ 26”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 12||19h 54m 37s||-32° 04’ 03”||35.94||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 13||19h 54m 42s||-32° 03’ 39”||35.95||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 14||19h 54m 47s||-32° 03’ 16”||35.95||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 15||19h 54m 53s||-32° 02’ 53”||35.95||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 16||19h 55m 00s||-32° 02’ 30”||35.95||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 17||19h 55m 05s||-32° 02’ 07”||35.95||Sagittarius|