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Comet 213P/Van Ness

Comet 213P/Van Ness is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 09h 23m 43s and the Declination is +11° 18’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 35.12 (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]:

09h 23m 43s
+11° 18’ 29”
  • 213P/Van Ness is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 37° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 213P/Van Ness is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 213P/Van Ness rise and set times.
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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 Leo on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 213P/Van Ness in Leo on May, 16 2021
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: 09h 23m 43s
Dec: +11° 18’ 29”
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 686,650,347 kilometers, equivalent to 4.589974 Astronomical Units. Light takes 38 minutes and 10.4190 seconds to travel from Comet 213P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

38 minutes and 10.4190 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 1.054690 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 35.12.


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: 78.7°
Max altitude: 49.8°
Azimuth: 281.3°

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
2021 May 09 09h 21m 21s +11° 29’ 48” 35.10 Cancer
2021 May 10 09h 21m 38s +11° 28’ 32” 35.10 Cancer
2021 May 11 09h 21m 55s +11° 27’ 11” 35.10 Leo
2021 May 12 09h 22m 11s +11° 25’ 46” 35.11 Leo
2021 May 13 09h 22m 30s +11° 24’ 19” 35.11 Leo
2021 May 14 09h 22m 49s +11° 22’ 48” 35.11 Leo
2021 May 15 09h 23m 08s +11° 21’ 12” 35.12 Leo
2021 May 16 09h 23m 30s +11° 19’ 33” 35.12 Leo
2021 May 17 09h 23m 51s +11° 17’ 52” 35.12 Leo
2021 May 18 09h 24m 12s +11° 16’ 06” 35.12 Leo
2021 May 19 09h 24m 34s +11° 14’ 17” 35.13 Leo
2021 May 20 09h 24m 57s +11° 12’ 24” 35.13 Leo
2021 May 21 09h 25m 22s +11° 10’ 28” 35.13 Leo
2021 May 22 09h 25m 45s +11° 08’ 30” 35.13 Leo