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Comet 19P/Borrelly

Comet 19P/Borrelly is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 19P/Borrelly is 19h 54m 52s and the Declination is -36° 04’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 19P/Borrelly is 21.05 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 19P/Borrelly [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

19h 54m 52s
-36° 04’ 35”
Sagittarius
21.05

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Comet 19P/Borrelly Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 19P/Borrelly 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.

Map showing Comet 19P/Borrelly in Sagittarius on January, 19 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 19P/Borrelly in Sagittarius on January, 19 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 19P/Borrelly is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

19P/Borrelly
RA: 19h 54m 52s
Dec: -36° 04’ 35”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 19P/Borrelly
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 19P/Borrelly?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 19P/Borrelly in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 19P/Borrelly Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 19P/Borrelly from Earth is currently 684,926,927 kilometers, equivalent to 4.578454 Astronomical Units. Light takes 38 minutes and 4.6703 seconds to travel from Comet 19P/Borrelly and arrive to us.

684,926,927
4.578454
38 minutes and 4.6703 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 19P/Borrelly 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 19P/Borrelly 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 19P/Borrelly from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 19P/Borrelly to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 19P/Borrelly to Earth happens on Wed Dec 6 2028 at a distance of 0.412967 Astronomical Units, or 61,778,914 kilometers:

Wed Dec 6 2028
61,778,914
0.412967

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

Comet 19P/Borrelly brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 19P/Borrelly is 21.05.

21.05
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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 19P/Borrelly, 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 19P/Borrelly between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 19P/Borrelly 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 19P/Borrelly rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 126.1°
Max altitude: 2.4°
Azimuth: 233.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 19P/Borrelly 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 19P/Borrelly Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 19P/Borrelly at epoch 30 April 2004 00:00 UTC (JD: 2453126.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.62328927
Orbit inclination i 30.31307022°
Perihelion distance q 1.35979974 AU
203,423,146 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.85953135 AU
876,573,416 km
Semi-major axis a 3.60966555 AU
539,998,281 km
Orbital period period 6.8600 years
2,504.9489 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2001-Sep-14 06:05:13
2,452,166.7536 JD
Next perihelion transit 2008-Jul-24 04:51
2,454,671.7025 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 353.3506872275°
Longitude of the ascending node node 75.435976862589°
Mean anomaly M 137.9304349205°
Mean motion n 0.14371551°/day

Visualization of Comet 19P/Borrelly Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 19P/Borrelly with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 19P/Borrelly 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 19P/Borrelly
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Comet 19P/Borrelly 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 19P/Borrelly computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 19P/Borrelly in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 12 19h 43m 11s -36° 16’ 42” 21.17 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 13 19h 44m 39s -36° 15’ 14” 21.15 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 14 19h 46m 06s -36° 13’ 44” 21.14 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 15 19h 47m 35s -36° 12’ 12” 21.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 16 19h 49m 04s -36° 10’ 41” 21.11 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 17 19h 50m 33s -36° 09’ 09” 21.09 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 18 19h 52m 00s -36° 07’ 36” 21.08 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 19 19h 53m 30s -36° 06’ 02” 21.06 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 20 19h 54m 59s -36° 04’ 27” 21.05 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 21 19h 56m 29s -36° 02’ 52” 21.03 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 22 19h 57m 57s -36° 01’ 15” 21.02 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 23 19h 59m 27s -35° 59’ 39” 21.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 24 20h 00m 56s -35° 58’ 01” 20.99 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 25 20h 02m 26s -35° 56’ 23” 20.97 Sagittarius