Comet 22P/Kopff is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Comet 22P/Kopff is 01h 23m 24s and the Declination is +03° 57’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 22P/Kopff is 19.28 (JPL).
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Comet 22P/Kopff Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 22P/Kopff 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 22P/Kopff is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 22P/Kopff Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 22P/Kopff from Earth is currently 489,533,633 kilometers, equivalent to 3.272330 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 12.9084 seconds to travel from Comet 22P/Kopff and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 22P/Kopff 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 22P/Kopff from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 22P/Kopff to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 22P/Kopff to Earth happens on Fri Jul 22 2095 at a distance of 0.194405 Astronomical Units, or 29,082,583 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 22P/Kopff 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 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 22P/Kopff, 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 22P/Kopff rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 22P/Kopff 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 22P/Kopff Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.55499893 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Mar-17 21:48:56
|Next perihelion transit||2028-Aug-07 23:15
|Argument of perihelion||peri||162.90895009233°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||120.83667083756°|
Visualization of Comet 22P/Kopff Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 22P/Kopff with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 22P/Kopff 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 22P/Kopff 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 22P/Kopff computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 22P/Kopff in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Jan 22||01h 16m 35s||+03° 06’ 10”||19.13||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 23||01h 17m 29s||+03° 13’ 05”||19.15||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 24||01h 18m 23s||+03° 20’ 00”||19.17||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 25||01h 19m 18s||+03° 26’ 58”||19.19||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 26||01h 20m 13s||+03° 33’ 57”||19.21||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 27||01h 21m 10s||+03° 40’ 58”||19.23||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 28||01h 22m 06s||+03° 47’ 58”||19.25||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 29||01h 23m 03s||+03° 55’ 00”||19.27||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 30||01h 24m 01s||+04° 02’ 03”||19.29||Pisces|
|2023 Jan 31||01h 24m 59s||+04° 09’ 07”||19.31||Pisces|
|2023 Feb 01||01h 25m 57s||+04° 16’ 13”||19.33||Pisces|
|2023 Feb 02||01h 26m 56s||+04° 23’ 18”||19.35||Pisces|
|2023 Feb 03||01h 27m 55s||+04° 30’ 24”||19.37||Pisces|
|2023 Feb 04||01h 28m 54s||+04° 37’ 32”||19.39||Pisces|