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Comet 263P/Gibbs

Comet 263P/Gibbs is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 263P/Gibbs is 23h 44m 23s and the Declination is -11° 01’ 59” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 263P/Gibbs is 29.29 (JPL).

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23h 44m 23s
-11° 01’ 59”

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Comet 263P/Gibbs Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 263P/Gibbs 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.

Map showing Comet 263P/Gibbs in Aquarius on May, 07 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 263P/Gibbs in Aquarius on May, 07 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 263P/Gibbs is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 23h 44m 23s
Dec: -11° 01’ 59”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 263P/Gibbs
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 263P/Gibbs Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 263P/Gibbs from Earth is currently 734,148,762 kilometers, equivalent to 4.907481 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 48.8567 seconds to travel from Comet 263P/Gibbs and arrive to us.

40 minutes and 48.8567 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 263P/Gibbs 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.

Distance of Comet 263P/Gibbs from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 263P/Gibbs from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 263P/Gibbs to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 263P/Gibbs to Earth happens on Sun Feb 2 2087 at a distance of 0.322637 Astronomical Units, or 48,265,761 kilometers:

Sun Feb 2 2087

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 263P/Gibbs brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 263P/Gibbs is 29.29.


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 263P/Gibbs, 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 263P/Gibbs between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 263P/Gibbs rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 263P/Gibbs rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.1°
Max altitude: 27.5°
Azimuth: 258.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 263P/Gibbs 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 263P/Gibbs Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 263P/Gibbs at epoch 17 July 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454299.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58703267
Orbit inclination i 14.47188570°
Perihelion distance q 1.25136951 AU
187,202,215 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.80901069 AU
719,417,761 km
Semi-major axis a 3.03019010 AU
453,309,988 km
Orbital period period 5.2700 years
1,926.6518 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2006-Dec-28 18:42:13
2,454,098.2793 JD
Next perihelion transit 2012-Apr-07 10:20
2,456,024.9312 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 26.327803966854°
Longitude of the ascending node node 113.34713882193°
Mean anomaly M 37.598616567366°
Mean motion n 0.18685265°/day

Visualization of Comet 263P/Gibbs Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 263P/Gibbs with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 263P/Gibbs 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 263P/Gibbs
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Comet 263P/Gibbs 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 263P/Gibbs computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 263P/Gibbs in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Apr 30 23h 38m 22s -11° 26’ 18” 29.37 Aquarius
2021 May 01 23h 39m 08s -11° 23’ 03” 29.36 Aquarius
2021 May 02 23h 39m 55s -11° 19’ 53” 29.35 Aquarius
2021 May 03 23h 40m 41s -11° 16’ 45” 29.34 Aquarius
2021 May 04 23h 41m 26s -11° 13’ 40” 29.33 Aquarius
2021 May 05 23h 42m 11s -11° 10’ 37” 29.32 Aquarius
2021 May 06 23h 42m 56s -11° 07’ 38” 29.31 Aquarius
2021 May 07 23h 43m 41s -11° 04’ 44” 29.30 Aquarius
2021 May 08 23h 44m 25s -11° 01’ 51” 29.29 Aquarius
2021 May 09 23h 45m 09s -10° 59’ 03” 29.28 Aquarius
2021 May 10 23h 45m 51s -10° 56’ 18” 29.27 Aquarius
2021 May 11 23h 46m 36s -10° 53’ 38” 29.26 Aquarius
2021 May 12 23h 47m 17s -10° 51’ 01” 29.25 Aquarius
2021 May 13 23h 48m 01s -10° 48’ 26” 29.24 Aquarius