Comet 22P/Kopff is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 22P/Kopff is 05h 13m 56s and the Declination is +18° 43’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 22P/Kopff is 20.88 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- 22P/Kopff is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 22P/Kopff is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
Also check out Where is Comet 22P/Kopff?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 22P/Kopff in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 22P/Kopff Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 22P/Kopff from Earth is currently 574,981,861 kilometers, equivalent to 3.843516 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 57.9330 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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 22P/Kopff to Earth happens on Fri Jul 22 2095 at a distance of 0.194544 Astronomical Units, or 29,103,364 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 22P/Kopff Brightness and Light Curve
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 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.55484653 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Mar-17 21:28:30
|Next perihelion transit||2028-Aug-07 21:01
|Argument of perihelion||peri||162.91098165°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||120.83603816161°|
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 Sep 22||05h 13m 24s||+18° 48’ 21”||20.91||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 23||05h 13m 32s||+18° 47’ 48”||20.90||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 24||05h 13m 39s||+18° 47’ 12”||20.90||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 25||05h 13m 45s||+18° 46’ 36”||20.90||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 26||05h 13m 49s||+18° 45’ 59”||20.89||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 27||05h 13m 53s||+18° 45’ 20”||20.89||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 28||05h 13m 54s||+18° 44’ 39”||20.89||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 29||05h 13m 56s||+18° 43’ 59”||20.89||Taurus|
|2023 Sep 30||05h 13m 56s||+18° 43’ 17”||20.88||Taurus|
|2023 Oct 01||05h 13m 56s||+18° 42’ 33”||20.88||Taurus|
|2023 Oct 02||05h 13m 54s||+18° 41’ 48”||20.88||Taurus|
|2023 Oct 03||05h 13m 51s||+18° 41’ 03”||20.88||Taurus|
|2023 Oct 04||05h 13m 49s||+18° 40’ 17”||20.87||Taurus|
|2023 Oct 05||05h 13m 44s||+18° 39’ 29”||20.87||Taurus|