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Comet 210P/Christensen

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Comet 210P/Christensen Position

Comet 210P/Christensen is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 02h 04m 42s and the Declination is +10° 48’ 47”.

02h 04m 42s
+10° 48’ 47”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 210P/Christensen is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 210P/Christensen in Pisces on April, 04 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 210P/Christensen is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 02h 04m 42s
Dec: +10° 48’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 210P/Christensen
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Comet 210P/Christensen Distance

The distance of Comet 210P/Christensen from Earth is currently 207,349,496 kilometers, equivalent to 1.386046 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 31.6435 seconds to travel from Comet 210P/Christensen and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 31.6435 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.

Distance of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 210P/Christensen to Earth happens on Wed Nov 10 2100 at a distance of 0.26933693 Astronomical Units, or 40,292,231 kilometers:

Wed Nov 10 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 12.98.


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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 210P/Christensen between January 2013 and December 2100

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

Azimuth: 79.3°
Max altitude: 49.4°
Azimuth: 281.1°
Comet 210P/Christensen is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 210P/Christensen at epoch 15 March 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454175.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82948783
Orbit inclination i 10.17716268°
Perihelion distance q 0.54451161 AU
81,457,777 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.84226554 AU
873,990,486 km
Semi-major axis a 3.19338857 AU
477,724,132 km
Orbital period period 5.7100 years
2,084.3761 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Dec-20 16:17:02
2,454,821.1785 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Sep-05 01:18
2,456,905.5546 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 345.47981630229°
Longitude of the ascending node node 93.884816927051°
Mean anomaly M 248.48257087628°
Mean motion n 0.17271356°/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
2020 Mar 28 01h 21m 20s +05° 19’ 28” 13.49 Pisces
2020 Mar 29 01h 26m 53s +06° 02’ 11” 13.41 Pisces
2020 Mar 30 01h 32m 31s +06° 45’ 24” 13.33 Pisces
2020 Mar 31 01h 38m 14s +07° 29’ 04” 13.25 Pisces
2020 Apr 01 01h 44m 02s +08° 13’ 14” 13.18 Pisces
2020 Apr 02 01h 49m 54s +08° 57’ 46” 13.12 Pisces
2020 Apr 03 01h 55m 50s +09° 42’ 38” 13.06 Pisces
2020 Apr 04 02h 01m 53s +10° 27’ 48” 13.00 Pisces
2020 Apr 05 02h 07m 59s +11° 13’ 13” 12.95 Aries
2020 Apr 06 02h 14m 09s +11° 58’ 46” 12.91 Aries
2020 Apr 07 02h 20m 26s +12° 44’ 27” 12.88 Aries
2020 Apr 08 02h 26m 45s +13° 30’ 10” 12.85 Aries
2020 Apr 09 02h 33m 11s +14° 15’ 50” 12.83 Aries
2020 Apr 10 02h 39m 39s +15° 01’ 23” 12.82 Aries