Comet 168P/Hergenrother is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 168P/Hergenrother is 11h 00m 55s and the Declination is +16° 12’ 49” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 168P/Hergenrother is 36.15 (JPL).
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Comet 168P/Hergenrother Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 168P/Hergenrother 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 168P/Hergenrother is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 168P/Hergenrother Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 168P/Hergenrother from Earth is currently 668,642,258 kilometers, equivalent to 4.469597 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 10.3505 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 0.295791 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
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 Oct 20||10h 55m 05s||+16° 48’ 11”||36.00||Leo|
|2020 Oct 21||10h 55m 53s||+16° 43’ 23”||36.02||Leo|
|2020 Oct 22||10h 56m 39s||+16° 38’ 38”||36.04||Leo|
|2020 Oct 23||10h 57m 25s||+16° 33’ 56”||36.06||Leo|
|2020 Oct 24||10h 58m 12s||+16° 29’ 18”||36.08||Leo|
|2020 Oct 25||10h 58m 56s||+16° 24’ 45”||36.10||Leo|
|2020 Oct 26||10h 59m 41s||+16° 20’ 16”||36.12||Leo|
|2020 Oct 27||11h 00m 25s||+16° 15’ 50”||36.14||Leo|
|2020 Oct 28||11h 01m 09s||+16° 11’ 27”||36.16||Leo|
|2020 Oct 29||11h 01m 51s||+16° 07’ 09”||36.18||Leo|
|2020 Oct 30||11h 02m 35s||+16° 02’ 54”||36.20||Leo|
|2020 Oct 31||11h 03m 16s||+15° 58’ 45”||36.21||Leo|
|2020 Nov 01||11h 03m 57s||+15° 54’ 39”||36.23||Leo|
|2020 Nov 02||11h 04m 39s||+15° 50’ 38”||36.25||Leo|