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Comet 16P/Brooks 2

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Comet 16P/Brooks 2 Position

Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension is 16h 13m 43s and the Declination is -18° 50’ 36”.

16h 13m 43s
-18° 50’ 36”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 16P/Brooks 2 in Scorpius on October, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is right now (view fullscreen)

16P/Brooks 2
RA: 16h 13m 43s
Dec: -18° 50’ 36”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 16P/Brooks 2
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Comet 16P/Brooks 2 Distance

The distance of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 from Earth is currently 722,284,445 kilometers, equivalent to 4.828173 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 9.2816 seconds to travel from Comet 16P/Brooks 2 and arrive to us.

40 minutes and 9.2816 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 0.77176214 Astronomical Units, or 115,453,973 kilometers:

Sun Oct 7 2068

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

Comet 16P/Brooks 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is 23.36.


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 behvior 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 16P/Brooks 2 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 16P/Brooks 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.9°
Max altitude: 19.7°
Azimuth: 251.1°
Comet 16P/Brooks 2 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 16P/Brooks 2 at epoch 21 May 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457164.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.56322341
Orbit inclination i 4.26118723°
Perihelion distance q 1.46679247 AU
219,429,031 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.24965022 AU
785,336,497 km
Semi-major axis a 3.35822135 AU
502,382,764 km
Orbital period period 6.1500 years
2,247.8245 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jun-07 17:50:26
2,456,816.2434 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Aug-02 13:37
2,459,064.0679 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 219.74884171579°
Longitude of the ascending node node 159.28043242257°
Mean anomaly M 55.774989817647°
Mean motion n 0.16015485°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 16P/Brooks 2
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 14 16h 06m 48s -18° 29’ 16” 23.37 Scorpius
2019 Oct 15 16h 07m 45s -18° 32’ 16” 23.37 Scorpius
2019 Oct 16 16h 08m 41s -18° 35’ 16” 23.37 Scorpius
2019 Oct 17 16h 09m 39s -18° 38’ 14” 23.37 Scorpius
2019 Oct 18 16h 10m 37s -18° 41’ 13” 23.36 Scorpius
2019 Oct 19 16h 11m 35s -18° 44’ 12” 23.36 Scorpius
2019 Oct 20 16h 12m 34s -18° 47’ 11” 23.36 Scorpius
2019 Oct 21 16h 13m 33s -18° 50’ 08” 23.36 Scorpius
2019 Oct 22 16h 14m 34s -18° 53’ 04” 23.35 Scorpius
2019 Oct 23 16h 15m 33s -18° 56’ 00” 23.35 Scorpius
2019 Oct 24 16h 16m 33s -18° 58’ 57” 23.35 Scorpius
2019 Oct 25 16h 17m 35s -19° 01’ 51” 23.35 Scorpius
2019 Oct 26 16h 18m 37s -19° 04’ 45” 23.34 Scorpius
2019 Oct 27 16h 19m 37s -19° 07’ 39” 23.34 Scorpius