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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 59m 17s and the Declination is +24° 44’ 46”.

07h 59m 17s
+24° 44’ 46”

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

Map showing Comet 213P/Van Ness in Gemini on September, 15 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

213P/Van Ness
RA: 07h 59m 17s
Dec: +24° 44’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 213P/Van Ness
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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

The distance of Comet 213P/Van Ness from Earth is currently 713,656,897 kilometers, equivalent to 4.770502 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 40.5032 seconds to travel from Comet 213P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

39 minutes and 40.5032 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 34.06.


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 behvior 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: 65.2°
Max altitude: 63.3°
Azimuth: 294.7°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Sep 08 07h 52m 53s +25° 03’ 00” 34.03 Gemini
2019 Sep 09 07h 53m 44s +25° 00’ 34” 34.03 Gemini
2019 Sep 10 07h 54m 37s +24° 58’ 09” 34.04 Gemini
2019 Sep 11 07h 55m 27s +24° 55’ 45” 34.04 Gemini
2019 Sep 12 07h 56m 17s +24° 53’ 21” 34.04 Gemini
2019 Sep 13 07h 57m 07s +24° 50’ 58” 34.05 Gemini
2019 Sep 14 07h 57m 57s +24° 48’ 37” 34.05 Gemini
2019 Sep 15 07h 58m 46s +24° 46’ 15” 34.05 Gemini
2019 Sep 16 07h 59m 35s +24° 43’ 54” 34.06 Gemini
2019 Sep 17 08h 00m 23s +24° 41’ 35” 34.06 Gemini
2019 Sep 18 08h 01m 09s +24° 39’ 18” 34.06 Cancer
2019 Sep 19 08h 01m 57s +24° 37’ 00” 34.07 Cancer
2019 Sep 20 08h 02m 43s +24° 34’ 44” 34.07 Cancer
2019 Sep 21 08h 03m 29s +24° 32’ 29” 34.07 Cancer