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Comet 213P/Van Ness

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Comet 213P/Van Ness Position

Comet 213P/Van Ness is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension is 07h 25m 22s and the Declination is +23° 51’ 38”.

07h 25m 22s
+23° 51’ 38”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 213P/Van Ness is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 213P/Van Ness in Gemini on March, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 213P/Van Ness is right now (view fullscreen)

213P/Van Ness
RA: 07h 25m 22s
Dec: +23° 51’ 38”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 213P/Van Ness
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Comet 213P/Van Ness Distance

The distance of Comet 213P/Van Ness from Earth is currently 645,675,271 kilometers, equivalent to 4.316073 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35 minutes and 53.7409 seconds to travel from Comet 213P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

35 minutes and 53.7409 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 35.01.


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: 66.1°
Max altitude: 62.4°
Azimuth: 293.9°
Comet 213P/Van Ness 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 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 Mar 22 07h 24m 42s +24° 02’ 57” 34.92 Gemini
2020 Mar 23 07h 24m 43s +24° 01’ 31” 34.93 Gemini
2020 Mar 24 07h 24m 47s +24° 00’ 02” 34.94 Gemini
2020 Mar 25 07h 24m 51s +23° 58’ 35” 34.95 Gemini
2020 Mar 26 07h 24m 56s +23° 57’ 03” 34.97 Gemini
2020 Mar 27 07h 25m 03s +23° 55’ 32” 34.98 Gemini
2020 Mar 28 07h 25m 09s +23° 53’ 58” 34.99 Gemini
2020 Mar 29 07h 25m 18s +23° 52’ 24” 35.00 Gemini
2020 Mar 30 07h 25m 27s +23° 50’ 48” 35.02 Gemini
2020 Mar 31 07h 25m 36s +23° 49’ 10” 35.03 Gemini
2020 Apr 01 07h 25m 47s +23° 47’ 33” 35.04 Gemini
2020 Apr 02 07h 25m 59s +23° 45’ 51” 35.05 Gemini
2020 Apr 03 07h 26m 12s +23° 44’ 11” 35.06 Gemini
2020 Apr 04 07h 26m 25s +23° 42’ 28” 35.08 Gemini