Comet 16P/Brooks 2
Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is 02h 20m 47s and the Declination is +12° 01’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is 18.11 (JPL).
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Comet 16P/Brooks 2 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 16P/Brooks 2 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 16P/Brooks 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 16P/Brooks 2 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 from Earth is currently 430,106,983 kilometers, equivalent to 2.875088 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 54.6825 seconds to travel from Comet 16P/Brooks 2 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 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 16P/Brooks 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 to Earth happens on Sun Oct 7 2068 at a distance of 0.771762 Astronomical Units, or 115,453,880 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 16P/Brooks 2 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 16P/Brooks 2, 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 16P/Brooks 2 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 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 16P/Brooks 2 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.46671434 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Jun-07 15:57:35
|Next perihelion transit||2020-Aug-01 01:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||219.7163700336°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||159.29081925543°|
Visualization of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 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 16P/Brooks 2 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 16P/Brooks 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Apr 29||02h 03m 09s||+10° 32’ 36”||18.10||Aries|
|2021 Apr 30||02h 05m 36s||+10° 45’ 24”||18.10||Aries|
|2021 May 01||02h 08m 04s||+10° 58’ 05”||18.10||Aries|
|2021 May 02||02h 10m 32s||+11° 10’ 41”||18.10||Aries|
|2021 May 03||02h 13m 00s||+11° 23’ 11”||18.10||Aries|
|2021 May 04||02h 15m 29s||+11° 35’ 35”||18.11||Aries|
|2021 May 05||02h 17m 57s||+11° 47’ 53”||18.11||Aries|
|2021 May 06||02h 20m 26s||+12° 00’ 06”||18.11||Aries|
|2021 May 07||02h 22m 54s||+12° 12’ 12”||18.11||Aries|
|2021 May 08||02h 25m 23s||+12° 24’ 12”||18.11||Aries|
|2021 May 09||02h 27m 52s||+12° 36’ 06”||18.12||Aries|
|2021 May 10||02h 30m 21s||+12° 47’ 54”||18.12||Aries|
|2021 May 11||02h 32m 50s||+12° 59’ 35”||18.12||Aries|
|2021 May 12||02h 35m 20s||+13° 11’ 11”||18.12||Aries|