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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:17
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Comet 205P/Giacobini

Below the horizon.  Rise: 9:11 | Tran: 15:54 | Set: 22:37
Altitude: -25.1°   Azimuth: 30.2°   Direction: North-North-East

Comet 205P/Giacobini is currently in the constellation of Cancer, at a distance of 886,246,763 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 205P/Giacobini is 08h 39m 39s and the Declination is +08° 55’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom).

Finder chart of 205P/Giacobini in Cancer on June,17 2024
Map showing Comet 205P/Giacobini in Cancer on June, 17 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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08h 39m 39s
+08° 55’ 11”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 205P/Giacobini from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 81.1°
Max altitude: 47.4°
Azimuth: 278.9°

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Additional Resources

Comet 205P/Giacobini Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 205P/Giacobini
Map showing Comet 205P/Giacobini in Cancer on June, 17 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 205P/Giacobini is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 08h 39m 39s
Dec: +08° 55’ 11”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 205P/Giacobini
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 205P/Giacobini?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 205P/Giacobini in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 205P/Giacobini Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 205P/Giacobini from Earth is currently 886,246,763 kilometers, equivalent to 5.924194 Astronomical Units. Light takes 49 minutes and 16.2010 seconds to travel from Comet 205P/Giacobini and arrive to us.

49 minutes and 16.2010 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 205P/Giacobini 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 205P/Giacobini from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 205P/Giacobini from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 205P/Giacobini to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 205P/Giacobini to Earth happens on Tue Aug 22 2028 at a distance of 0.609784 Astronomical Units, or 91,222,327 kilometers:

Tue Aug 22 2028

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

Comet 205P/Giacobini Brightness and Light Curve

Comet 205P/Giacobini 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 205P/Giacobini computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 205P/Giacobini in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jun 10 08h 34m 50s +09° 01’ 44” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 11 08h 35m 29s +09° 00’ 59” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 12 08h 36m 08s +09° 00’ 11” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 13 08h 36m 47s +08° 59’ 20” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 14 08h 37m 28s +08° 58’ 26” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 15 08h 38m 08s +08° 57’ 29” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 16 08h 38m 49s +08° 56’ 29” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 17 08h 39m 30s +08° 55’ 26” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 18 08h 40m 11s +08° 54’ 20” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 19 08h 40m 53s +08° 53’ 12” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 20 08h 41m 35s +08° 52’ 00” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 21 08h 42m 16s +08° 50’ 45” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 22 08h 42m 59s +08° 49’ 28” N.A. Cancer
2024 Jun 23 08h 43m 41s +08° 48’ 09” N.A. Cancer