Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf is 17h 24m 58s and the Declination is -37° 55’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf is 27.62 (JPL).
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Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf from Earth is currently 5,075,614,953 kilometers, equivalent to 33.928390 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 42 minutes and 10.4291 seconds to travel from Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf to Earth happens on Tue Jun 10 2059 at a distance of 1.485167 Astronomical Units, or 222,177,784 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf, 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.47875271 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1989-Sep-11 22:29:54
|Next perihelion transit||2060-Mar-21 07:27
|Argument of perihelion||peri||129.61068367887°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||311.58546221411°|
Visualization of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 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 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Jan 16||17h 24m 01s||-37° 52’ 46”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 17||17h 24m 08s||-37° 53’ 07”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 18||17h 24m 15s||-37° 53’ 26”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 19||17h 24m 24s||-37° 53’ 48”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 20||17h 24m 30s||-37° 54’ 09”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 21||17h 24m 38s||-37° 54’ 29”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 22||17h 24m 46s||-37° 54’ 51”||27.63||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 23||17h 24m 52s||-37° 55’ 13”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 24||17h 25m 00s||-37° 55’ 35”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 25||17h 25m 06s||-37° 55’ 58”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 26||17h 25m 14s||-37° 56’ 20”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 27||17h 25m 19s||-37° 56’ 43”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 28||17h 25m 27s||-37° 57’ 06”||27.62||Scorpius|
|2021 Jan 29||17h 25m 32s||-37° 57’ 29”||27.62||Scorpius|