Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Position
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)
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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.
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.
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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup 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 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.
Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.11673632 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2008-Mar-23 16:17:47
|Next perihelion transit||2013-Jul-14 20:42
|Argument of perihelion||peri||1.7040707812696°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||211.71031963767°|
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!
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.
|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|