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Comet 213P/Van Ness

Comet 213P/Van Ness is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 08h 58m 14s and the Declination is +17° 07’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 36.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 213P/Van Ness [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

08h 58m 14s
+17° 07’ 44”

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Comet 213P/Van Ness Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 213P/Van Ness 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 213P/Van Ness in Cancer on August, 07 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 213P/Van Ness in Cancer on August, 07 2020
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 213P/Van Ness is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

213P/Van Ness
RA: 08h 58m 14s
Dec: +17° 07’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 213P/Van Ness
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 213P/Van Ness?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 213P/Van Ness in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 213P/Van Ness Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 213P/Van Ness from Earth is currently 854,873,533 kilometers, equivalent to 5.714477 Astronomical Units. Light takes 47 minutes and 31.5512 seconds to travel from Comet 213P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

47 minutes and 31.5512 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 213P/Van Ness 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 213P/Van Ness 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 213P/Van Ness from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 213P/Van Ness to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 213P/Van Ness to Earth happens on Tue Jul 18 2017 at a distance of 1.05469045 Astronomical Units, or 157,779,446 kilometers:

Tue Jul 18 2017

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

Comet 213P/Van Ness brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 36.00.


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 213P/Van Ness, 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 213P/Van Ness between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 213P/Van Ness 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 213P/Van Ness rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 72.9°
Max altitude: 55.6°
Azimuth: 287.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 213P/Van Ness 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 213P/Van Ness 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 213P/Van Ness computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 213P/Van Ness in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jul 31 08h 51m 41s +17° 39’ 33” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 01 08h 52m 36s +17° 35’ 11” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 02 08h 53m 30s +17° 30’ 46” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 03 08h 54m 25s +17° 26’ 21” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 04 08h 55m 20s +17° 21’ 55” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 05 08h 56m 16s +17° 17’ 27” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 06 08h 57m 11s +17° 13’ 00” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 07 08h 58m 05s +17° 08’ 31” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 08 08h 58m 59s +17° 04’ 01” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 09 08h 59m 54s +16° 59’ 31” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 10 09h 00m 48s +16° 55’ 00” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 11 09h 01m 44s +16° 50’ 29” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 12 09h 02m 38s +16° 45’ 56” 36.00 Cancer
2020 Aug 13 09h 03m 32s +16° 41’ 22” 36.00 Cancer