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Comet 22P/Kopff

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Comet 22P/Kopff Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 22P/Kopff is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 22P/Kopff in Gemini on December, 16 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
07h 12m 12s
+20° 36’ 12”

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.

Comet 22P/Kopff Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 22P/Kopff rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 69.4°
Max altitude: 59.1°
Azimuth: 290.6°

Comet 22P/Kopff Orbit Diagram

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 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 07h 16m 15s +20° 28’ 03” 21.06 Gemini
2018 Dec 10 07h 15m 42s +20° 29’ 08” 21.06 Gemini
2018 Dec 11 07h 15m 09s +20° 30’ 16” 21.06 Gemini
2018 Dec 12 07h 14m 35s +20° 31’ 26” 21.05 Gemini
2018 Dec 13 07h 13m 59s +20° 32’ 35” 21.05 Gemini
2018 Dec 14 07h 13m 24s +20° 33’ 47” 21.05 Gemini
2018 Dec 15 07h 12m 48s +20° 34’ 59” 21.04 Gemini
2018 Dec 16 07h 12m 12s +20° 36’ 11” 21.04 Gemini
2018 Dec 17 07h 11m 35s +20° 37’ 24” 21.04 Gemini
2018 Dec 18 07h 10m 58s +20° 38’ 39” 21.03 Gemini
2018 Dec 19 07h 10m 19s +20° 39’ 55” 21.03 Gemini
2018 Dec 20 07h 09m 42s +20° 41’ 09” 21.03 Gemini
2018 Dec 21 07h 09m 02s +20° 42’ 26” 21.03 Gemini
2018 Dec 22 07h 08m 23s +20° 43’ 42” 21.02 Gemini

Distance of Comet 22P/Kopff from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 22P/Kopff from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 22P/Kopff is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 22P/Kopff from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 22P/Kopff

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 22P/Kopff between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 22P/Kopff Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 22P/Kopff at epoch 17 November 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455518.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54421289
Orbit inclination i 4.72364225°
Perihelion distance q 1.57659910 AU
235,855,869 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.34153915 AU
799,082,884 km
Semi-major axis a 3.45906912 AU
517,469,377 km
Orbital period period 6.4300 years
2,349.8346 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-May-25 05:37:06
2,454,976.7341 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Oct-31 01:38
2,457,326.5687 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.74226064958°
Longitude of the ascending node node 120.88055338598°
Mean anomaly M 82.999767102499°
Mean motion n 0.15320227°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2028-Jul-13
Distance of closest approach* 0.35321409 AU
52,840,076 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.