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Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup

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Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Position

Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 00h 36m 18s and the Declination is +11° 01’ 22”.

00h 36m 18s
+11° 01’ 22”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup in Pisces on April, 07 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 00h 36m 18s
Dec: +11° 01’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup
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Also check out Where is Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Distance

The distance of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup from Earth is currently 790,855,369 kilometers, equivalent to 5.286542 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 58.0096 seconds to travel from Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 58.0096 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup to Earth happens on Thu Apr 15 2083 at a distance of 0.30741666 Astronomical Units, or 45,988,878 kilometers:

Thu Apr 15 2083

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

Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup is 27.58.


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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup, 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 79.0°
Max altitude: 49.6°
Azimuth: 281.1°
Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup at epoch 13 August 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454326.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63305277
Orbit inclination i 22.35649066°
Perihelion distance q 1.11673632 AU
167,061,377 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.96989534 AU
743,485,762 km
Semi-major axis a 3.04331583 AU
455,273,570 km
Orbital period period 5.3100 years
1,939.1838 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Mar-23 16:17:47
2,454,549.1790 JD
Next perihelion transit 2013-Jul-14 20:42
2,456,488.3628 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 1.7040707812696°
Longitude of the ascending node node 211.71031963767°
Mean anomaly M 318.66072595°
Mean motion n 0.18564512°/day

Visualization of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup
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Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 31 00h 29m 31s +10° 27’ 33” 27.54 Pisces
2020 Apr 01 00h 30m 28s +10° 32’ 12” 27.54 Pisces
2020 Apr 02 00h 31m 23s +10° 36’ 51” 27.55 Pisces
2020 Apr 03 00h 32m 20s +10° 41’ 30” 27.56 Pisces
2020 Apr 04 00h 33m 15s +10° 46’ 09” 27.56 Pisces
2020 Apr 05 00h 34m 11s +10° 50’ 48” 27.57 Pisces
2020 Apr 06 00h 35m 08s +10° 55’ 27” 27.57 Pisces
2020 Apr 07 00h 36m 02s +11° 00’ 06” 27.58 Pisces
2020 Apr 08 00h 36m 59s +11° 04’ 45” 27.59 Pisces
2020 Apr 09 00h 37m 54s +11° 09’ 24” 27.59 Pisces
2020 Apr 10 00h 38m 48s +11° 14’ 03” 27.60 Pisces
2020 Apr 11 00h 39m 43s +11° 18’ 42” 27.60 Pisces
2020 Apr 12 00h 40m 39s +11° 23’ 21” 27.61 Pisces
2020 Apr 13 00h 41m 34s +11° 27’ 59” 27.61 Pisces