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🌅 Sunrise: 6:41  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:26

Comet 210P/Christensen

Comet 210P/Christensen is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 210P/Christensen is 18h 06m 14s and the Declination is -21° 08’ 59” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 210P/Christensen is 26.25 (JPL).

18h 06m 14s
-21° 08’ 59”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 210P/Christensen from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 111.2°
Max altitude: 17.4°
Azimuth: 248.8°
  • 210P/Christensen is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • 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.

Map showing Comet 210P/Christensen in Sagittarius on March, 30 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 210P/Christensen in Sagittarius on March, 30 2023
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 210P/Christensen is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 18h 06m 14s
Dec: -21° 08’ 59”
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 831,613,653 kilometers, equivalent to 5.558994 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 13.9646 seconds to travel from Comet 210P/Christensen and arrive to us.

46 minutes and 13.9646 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

The current visual magnitude of Comet 210P/Christensen is 26.25.


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 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 Mar 23 18h 05m 35s -21° 09’ 48” 26.31 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 24 18h 05m 41s -21° 09’ 42” 26.30 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 25 18h 05m 48s -21° 09’ 34” 26.29 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 26 18h 05m 54s -21° 09’ 29” 26.28 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 27 18h 06m 00s -21° 09’ 21” 26.28 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 28 18h 06m 05s -21° 09’ 15” 26.27 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 29 18h 06m 08s -21° 09’ 10” 26.26 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 30 18h 06m 11s -21° 09’ 03” 26.26 Sagittarius
2023 Mar 31 18h 06m 14s -21° 08’ 57” 26.25 Sagittarius
2023 Apr 01 18h 06m 15s -21° 08’ 52” 26.24 Sagittarius
2023 Apr 02 18h 06m 15s -21° 08’ 45” 26.24 Sagittarius
2023 Apr 03 18h 06m 15s -21° 08’ 40” 26.23 Sagittarius
2023 Apr 04 18h 06m 15s -21° 08’ 35” 26.22 Sagittarius
2023 Apr 05 18h 06m 14s -21° 08’ 30” 26.21 Sagittarius