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Comet 19P/Borrelly

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Comet 19P/Borrelly Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 19P/Borrelly is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 19P/Borrelly in Ophiucus on January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
16h 27m 37s
-13° 06’ 11”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 19P/Borrelly Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 19P/Borrelly rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 103.1°
Max altitude: 25.4°
Azimuth: 256.9°

Comet 19P/Borrelly Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 15 24.93 16h 23m 48s -12° 56’ 08” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 16 24.93 16h 24m 21s -12° 57’ 42” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 17 24.93 16h 24m 55s -12° 59’ 12” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 18 24.92 16h 25m 27s -13° 00’ 41” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 19 24.92 16h 26m 00s -13° 02’ 07” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 20 24.92 16h 26m 34s -13° 03’ 30” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 21 24.92 16h 27m 06s -13° 04’ 53” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 22 24.92 16h 27m 37s -13° 06’ 11” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 23 24.91 16h 28m 09s -13° 07’ 29” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 24 24.91 16h 28m 38s -13° 08’ 45” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 25 24.91 16h 29m 09s -13° 09’ 59” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 26 24.91 16h 29m 39s -13° 11’ 09” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 27 24.90 16h 30m 09s -13° 12’ 20” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 28 24.90 16h 30m 38s -13° 13’ 27” Ophiucus

Distance of Comet 19P/Borrelly from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 19P/Borrelly from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 19P/Borrelly is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 19P/Borrelly from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 19P/Borrelly

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 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2028-Dec-06
Distance of closest approach* 0.41296654 AU
61,778,915 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.