21P/Giacobini-Zinner live position and data

This page shows Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner (less than 1.5 degrees):

StarHIP 529432.981810h 49m 37s-16° 11’ 38”
StarHIP 531568.7210h 52m 31s-18° 38’ 12”
StarHIP 530408.635610h 51m 09s-17° 29’ 11”
StarHIP 534297.480810h 55m 45s-16° 22’ 05”
StarHIP 530376.56210h 51m 06s-18° 19’ 56”
StarHIP 531727.726610h 52m 39s-17° 01’ 47”
StarHIP 537037.58410h 59m 16s-17° 37’ 23”
StarHIP 527528.919810h 47m 10s-17° 25’ 26”
StarHIP 535188.519410h 56m 53s-18° 29’ 32”
StarHIP 530848.672410h 51m 36s-16° 24’ 15”
StarHIP 531787.353410h 52m 40s-16° 35’ 18”
StarHIP 532067.07510h 52m 56s-17° 16’ 38”
StarHIP 535097.84410h 56m 45s-17° 27’ 06”
GalaxyPGC 3257313.810h 51m 36s-17° 07’ 17”
GalaxyNGC 345613.210h 54m 03s-16° 01’ 41”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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