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Comet 263P/Gibbs

Altitude: 14.9°   Azimuth: 157.6°   Direction: South-South-East

Comet 263P/Gibbs is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 263P/Gibbs is 17h 39m 59s and the Declination is -20° 46’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 263P/Gibbs is 24.15 (JPL).

17h 39m 59s
-20° 46’ 55”

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.

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

Azimuth: 110.8°
Max altitude: 17.7°
Azimuth: 249.2°
  • 263P/Gibbs is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 15° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 263P/Gibbs is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

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.

Finder chart of 263P/Gibbs in Ophiucus on December,07 2023
Map showing Comet 263P/Gibbs in Ophiucus on December, 07 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 263P/Gibbs
Map showing Comet 263P/Gibbs in Ophiucus on December, 07 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 17h 39m 59s
Dec: -20° 46’ 55”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 263P/Gibbs
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 263P/Gibbs?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 263P/Gibbs in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 263P/Gibbs Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 263P/Gibbs from Earth is currently 607,172,636 kilometers, equivalent to 4.058698 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 45.3099 seconds to travel from Comet 263P/Gibbs and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 45.3099 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 263P/Gibbs from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 263P/Gibbs to Earth happens on Sun Feb 2 2087 at a distance of 0.322667 Astronomical Units, or 48,270,311 kilometers:

Sun Feb 2 2087

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

Comet 263P/Gibbs Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 263P/Gibbs as a function of time

Comet 263P/Gibbs Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 263P/Gibbs at epoch 12 September 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456548.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58746564
Orbit inclination i 11.53600639°
Perihelion distance q 1.26317796 AU
188,968,733 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.86081105 AU
727,166,985 km
Semi-major axis a 3.06199450 AU
458,067,859 km
Orbital period period 5.3581 years
1,957.0640 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-20 22:23:14
2,456,068.4328 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Sep-28 23:55
2,458,025.4968 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 34.5024715632°
Longitude of the ascending node node 105.87223624995°
Mean anomaly M 88.307886868955°
Mean motion n 0.18394901°/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
2023 Nov 30 17h 28m 37s -20° 29’ 48” 24.09 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 01 17h 30m 10s -20° 32’ 20” 24.10 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 02 17h 31m 41s -20° 34’ 45” 24.11 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 03 17h 33m 12s -20° 37’ 09” 24.11 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 04 17h 34m 45s -20° 39’ 26” 24.12 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 05 17h 36m 15s -20° 41’ 40” 24.13 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 06 17h 37m 46s -20° 43’ 50” 24.14 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 07 17h 39m 18s -20° 45’ 56” 24.15 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 08 17h 40m 49s -20° 47’ 58” 24.16 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 09 17h 42m 20s -20° 49’ 56” 24.16 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 10 17h 43m 50s -20° 51’ 50” 24.17 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 11 17h 45m 20s -20° 53’ 39” 24.18 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 12 17h 46m 50s -20° 55’ 26” 24.19 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 13 17h 48m 21s -20° 57’ 07” 24.19 Sagittarius