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Comet 15P/Finlay

Below the horizon.  Rise: 11:30 | Tran: 18:01 | Set: 0:31
Altitude: -10.2°   Azimuth: 65.7°   Direction: East-North-East

Comet 15P/Finlay is currently in the constellation of Leo, at a distance of 924,697,823 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 15P/Finlay is 11h 18m 32s and the Declination is +06° 28’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, UK). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 15P/Finlay is 25.36 (JPL).

Finder chart of 15P/Finlay in Leo on June,25 2024
Map showing Comet 15P/Finlay in Leo on June, 25 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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11h 18m 32s
+06° 28’ 57”

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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 15P/Finlay from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 83.5°
Max altitude: 45.0°
Azimuth: 276.5°
  • 15P/Finlay is below the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Given its current magnitude, 15P/Finlay is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet 15P/Finlay Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 15P/Finlay
Map showing Comet 15P/Finlay in Leo on June, 25 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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.

RA: 11h 18m 32s
Dec: +06° 28’ 57”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 15P/Finlay
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 924,697,823 kilometers, equivalent to 6.181223 Astronomical Units. Light takes 51 minutes and 24.4599 seconds to travel from Comet 15P/Finlay and arrive to us.

51 minutes and 24.4599 seconds

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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 15P/Finlay from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 5,010,576 kilometers:

Sat Oct 23 2060

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

Comet 15P/Finlay Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 15P/Finlay as a function of time

Comet 15P/Finlay Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 15P/Finlay at epoch 31 October 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457327.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.72018544
Orbit inclination i 6.80048064°
Perihelion distance q 0.97668698 AU
146,110,293 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.00427188 AU
898,226,290 km
Semi-major axis a 3.49047943 AU
522,168,292 km
Orbital period period 6.5213 years
2,381.9139 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Dec-27 01:44:35
2,457,018.5726 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-04 23:40
2,459,400.4865 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 347.62574901383°
Longitude of the ascending node node 13.75387564025°
Mean anomaly M 46.690962220838°
Mean motion n 0.15113897°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 15P/Finlay
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jun 18 11h 16m 42s +06° 44’ 45” 25.32 Leo
2024 Jun 19 11h 16m 55s +06° 42’ 47” 25.32 Leo
2024 Jun 20 11h 17m 09s +06° 40’ 45” 25.33 Leo
2024 Jun 21 11h 17m 23s +06° 38’ 39” 25.34 Leo
2024 Jun 22 11h 17m 39s +06° 36’ 33” 25.34 Leo
2024 Jun 23 11h 17m 53s +06° 34’ 22” 25.35 Leo
2024 Jun 24 11h 18m 10s +06° 32’ 08” 25.36 Leo
2024 Jun 25 11h 18m 25s +06° 29’ 52” 25.36 Leo
2024 Jun 26 11h 18m 42s +06° 27’ 33” 25.37 Leo
2024 Jun 27 11h 18m 59s +06° 25’ 10” 25.37 Leo
2024 Jun 28 11h 19m 17s +06° 22’ 46” 25.38 Leo
2024 Jun 29 11h 19m 35s +06° 20’ 18” 25.39 Leo
2024 Jun 30 11h 19m 53s +06° 17’ 48” 25.39 Leo
2024 Jul 01 11h 20m 12s +06° 15’ 16” 25.40 Leo