Comet 168P/Hergenrother Position
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Comet 168P/Hergenrother Distance
The distance of Comet 168P/Hergenrother from Earth is currently 382,818,643 kilometers, equivalent to 2.558985 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 16.9455 seconds to travel from Comet 168P/Hergenrother and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 168P/Hergenrother 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 168P/Hergenrother from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 168P/Hergenrother to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 168P/Hergenrother to Earth happens on Wed Sep 24 2087 at a distance of 0.29579087 Astronomical Units, or 44,249,684 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 168P/Hergenrother 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 168P/Hergenrother, 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 168P/Hergenrother rise and set times
Comet 168P/Hergenrother is circumpolar and transits at 18:09 UTC (altitude: 80.9°)
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 168P/Hergenrother 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 168P/Hergenrother Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.41528112 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2012-Oct-01 22:23:52
|Next perihelion transit||2019-Aug-26 20:43
|Argument of perihelion||peri||13.918981309302°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||356.47770707748°|
Visualization of Comet 168P/Hergenrother Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 168P/Hergenrother with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 168P/Hergenrother 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 168P/Hergenrother 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 168P/Hergenrother computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 168P/Hergenrother in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Mar 22||06h 30m 01s||+43° 39’ 18”||27.46||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 23||06h 31m 14s||+43° 29’ 02”||27.52||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 24||06h 32m 30s||+43° 18’ 51”||27.59||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 25||06h 33m 47s||+43° 08’ 44”||27.65||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 26||06h 35m 03s||+42° 58’ 41”||27.72||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 27||06h 36m 20s||+42° 48’ 43”||27.78||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 28||06h 37m 37s||+42° 38’ 49”||27.84||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 29||06h 38m 57s||+42° 29’ 00”||27.91||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 30||06h 40m 14s||+42° 19’ 14”||27.97||Auriga|
|2020 Mar 31||06h 41m 34s||+42° 09’ 33”||28.03||Auriga|
|2020 Apr 01||06h 42m 53s||+41° 59’ 56”||28.09||Auriga|
|2020 Apr 02||06h 44m 13s||+41° 50’ 21”||28.16||Auriga|
|2020 Apr 03||06h 45m 33s||+41° 40’ 51”||28.22||Auriga|
|2020 Apr 04||06h 46m 54s||+41° 31’ 24”||28.28||Auriga|