Comet 15P/Finlay is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Comet 15P/Finlay is 08h 15m 41s and the Declination is +25° 08’ 48” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 15P/Finlay is 22.26 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 15P/Finlay [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]:
- 15P/Finlay is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 38° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 15P/Finlay is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 15P/Finlay rise and set times.
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Additional information about Comet 15P/Finlay available on TheSkyLive:
Comet 15P/Finlay Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 15P/Finlay?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 15P/Finlay in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 15P/Finlay Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 15P/Finlay from Earth is currently 560,831,273 kilometers, equivalent to 3.748926 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 10.7318 seconds to travel from Comet 15P/Finlay and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 15P/Finlay to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 15P/Finlay to Earth happens on Sat Oct 23 2060 at a distance of 0.033494 Astronomical Units, or 5,010,575 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay, 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 15P/Finlay rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.97668698 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Dec-27 01:44:35
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Jul-04 23:40
|Argument of perihelion||peri||347.62574901383°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||13.75387564025°|
Visualization of Comet 15P/Finlay Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 15P/Finlay with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 15P/Finlay computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 15P/Finlay in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2022 May 12||08h 08m 08s||+25° 43’ 09”||22.11||Cancer|
|2022 May 13||08h 09m 07s||+25° 38’ 39”||22.13||Cancer|
|2022 May 14||08h 10m 06s||+25° 34’ 08”||22.15||Cancer|
|2022 May 15||08h 11m 07s||+25° 29’ 35”||22.17||Cancer|
|2022 May 16||08h 12m 06s||+25° 25’ 00”||22.19||Cancer|
|2022 May 17||08h 13m 08s||+25° 20’ 26”||22.21||Cancer|
|2022 May 18||08h 14m 08s||+25° 15’ 51”||22.23||Cancer|
|2022 May 19||08h 15m 10s||+25° 11’ 13”||22.25||Cancer|
|2022 May 20||08h 16m 10s||+25° 06’ 35”||22.26||Cancer|
|2022 May 21||08h 17m 12s||+25° 01’ 56”||22.28||Cancer|
|2022 May 22||08h 18m 14s||+24° 57’ 16”||22.30||Cancer|
|2022 May 23||08h 19m 15s||+24° 52’ 36”||22.32||Cancer|
|2022 May 24||08h 20m 18s||+24° 47’ 53”||22.34||Cancer|
|2022 May 25||08h 21m 20s||+24° 43’ 10”||22.36||Cancer|