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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:57  ☀️ Transit: 12:05  🌅 Sunset: 18:14

Comet 213P/Van Ness

Comet 213P/Van Ness is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 17h 07m 15s and the Declination is -34° 49’ 06” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 213P/Van Ness is 24.45 (JPL).

17h 07m 15s
-34° 49’ 06”

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

Azimuth: 124.8°
Max altitude: 3.7°
Azimuth: 235.2°
  • 213P/Van Ness is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 3° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 213P/Van Ness is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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 Scorpius on March, 23 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 213P/Van Ness in Scorpius on March, 23 2023
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: 17h 07m 15s
Dec: -34° 49’ 06”
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 329,943,216 kilometers, equivalent to 2.205534 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 20.5721 seconds to travel from Comet 213P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 20.5721 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 213P/Van Ness from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 24.45.


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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 213P/Van Ness as a function of time

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
2023 Mar 16 16h 59m 42s -34° 15’ 54” 24.74 Scorpius
2023 Mar 17 17h 00m 47s -34° 20’ 35” 24.70 Scorpius
2023 Mar 18 17h 01m 54s -34° 25’ 14” 24.66 Scorpius
2023 Mar 19 17h 02m 57s -34° 29’ 53” 24.62 Scorpius
2023 Mar 20 17h 04m 00s -34° 34’ 31” 24.58 Scorpius
2023 Mar 21 17h 05m 03s -34° 39’ 06” 24.54 Scorpius
2023 Mar 22 17h 06m 05s -34° 43’ 41” 24.50 Scorpius
2023 Mar 23 17h 07m 05s -34° 48’ 14” 24.46 Scorpius
2023 Mar 24 17h 08m 03s -34° 52’ 45” 24.41 Scorpius
2023 Mar 25 17h 09m 02s -34° 57’ 15” 24.37 Scorpius
2023 Mar 26 17h 09m 59s -35° 01’ 44” 24.33 Scorpius
2023 Mar 27 17h 10m 54s -35° 06’ 11” 24.29 Scorpius
2023 Mar 28 17h 11m 49s -35° 10’ 36” 24.25 Scorpius
2023 Mar 29 17h 12m 42s -35° 15’ 01” 24.20 Scorpius