Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner Distance
The distance of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner from Earth is currently 624,842,910 kilometers, equivalent to 4.176817 Astronomical Units. Light takes 34 minutes and 44.2516 seconds to travel from Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 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.
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 21P/Giacobini-Zinner from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner to Earth happens on Tue Sep 17 2058 at a distance of 0.39032355 Astronomical Units, or 58,391,572 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner brightness
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 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, 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.
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 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 21P/Giacobini-Zinner Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.01282554 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Sep-10 06:39:39
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Mar-26 23:44
|Argument of perihelion||peri||172.86055325826°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||195.39198746422°|
Visualization of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Dec 08||11h 02m 49s||-15° 52’ 57”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 09||11h 03m 02s||-15° 57’ 15”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 10||11h 03m 12s||-16° 01’ 27”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 11||11h 03m 24s||-16° 05’ 38”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 12||11h 03m 33s||-16° 09’ 42”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 13||11h 03m 42s||-16° 13’ 42”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 14||11h 03m 50s||-16° 17’ 39”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 15||11h 03m 56s||-16° 21’ 29”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 16||11h 04m 01s||-16° 25’ 15”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 17||11h 04m 06s||-16° 28’ 57”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 18||11h 04m 10s||-16° 32’ 33”||21.88||Crater|
|2019 Dec 19||11h 04m 14s||-16° 36’ 03”||21.87||Crater|
|2019 Dec 20||11h 04m 17s||-16° 39’ 29”||21.87||Crater|
|2019 Dec 21||11h 04m 18s||-16° 42’ 50”||21.87||Crater|