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Comet 210P/Christensen

Altitude: -5.1°   Azimuth: 120.7°   Direction: East-South-East

Comet 210P/Christensen is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 210P/Christensen is 17h 45m 01s and the Declination is -22° 39’ 43” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 210P/Christensen is 26.29 (JPL).

17h 45m 01s
-22° 39’ 43”

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 210P/Christensen from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.7°
Max altitude: 15.9°
Azimuth: 247.3°
  • 210P/Christensen is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 210P/Christensen is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 210P/Christensen Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 210P/Christensen 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.

Finder chart of 210P/Christensen in Sagittarius on December,05 2023
Map showing Comet 210P/Christensen in Sagittarius on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 210P/Christensen
Map showing Comet 210P/Christensen in Sagittarius on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 210P/Christensen is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 17h 45m 01s
Dec: -22° 39’ 43”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 210P/Christensen
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 210P/Christensen?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 210P/Christensen in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 210P/Christensen Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 210P/Christensen from Earth is currently 956,634,286 kilometers, equivalent to 6.394705 Astronomical Units. Light takes 53 minutes and 10.9885 seconds to travel from Comet 210P/Christensen and arrive to us.

53 minutes and 10.9885 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 210P/Christensen to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 210P/Christensen to Earth happens on Thu Nov 11 2100 at a distance of 0.269751 Astronomical Units, or 40,354,123 kilometers:

Thu Nov 11 2100

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

Comet 210P/Christensen Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 210P/Christensen, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 210P/Christensen as a function of time

Comet 210P/Christensen Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 210P/Christensen at epoch 02 February 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455230.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.83169742
Orbit inclination i 10.21718056°
Perihelion distance q 0.53444526 AU
79,951,873 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.81655966 AU
870,144,941 km
Semi-major axis a 3.17550246 AU
475,048,407 km
Orbital period period 5.6588 years
2,066.8888 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Dec-19 23:32:40
2,454,820.4810 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Aug-17 20:52
2,456,887.3698 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 345.76600078503°
Longitude of the ascending node node 93.872370151587°
Mean anomaly M 71.414984861488°
Mean motion n 0.17417483°/day

Visualization of Comet 210P/Christensen Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 210P/Christensen with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen
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Comet 210P/Christensen 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 210P/Christensen computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 210P/Christensen in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 28 17h 39m 25s -22° 34’ 51” 26.30 Ophiucus
2023 Nov 29 17h 40m 10s -22° 35’ 34” 26.30 Ophiucus
2023 Nov 30 17h 40m 55s -22° 36’ 15” 26.29 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 01 17h 41m 42s -22° 36’ 56” 26.29 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 02 17h 42m 26s -22° 37’ 36” 26.29 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 03 17h 43m 13s -22° 38’ 14” 26.29 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 04 17h 43m 59s -22° 38’ 53” 26.29 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 05 17h 44m 45s -22° 39’ 29” 26.29 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 06 17h 45m 32s -22° 40’ 05” 26.29 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 07 17h 46m 18s -22° 40’ 41” 26.29 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 08 17h 47m 04s -22° 41’ 14” 26.28 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 09 17h 47m 52s -22° 41’ 48” 26.28 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 10 17h 48m 38s -22° 42’ 20” 26.28 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 11 17h 49m 26s -22° 42’ 52” 26.28 Sagittarius