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Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra

Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is 12h 06m 13s and the Declination is +12° 11’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is 20.30 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

12h 06m 13s
+12° 11’ 20”
  • 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 50° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra rise and set times.
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Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra in Virgo on October, 05 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra in Virgo on October, 05 2022
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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 12h 06m 13s
Dec: +12° 11’ 20”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra from Earth is currently 552,024,488 kilometers, equivalent to 3.690056 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 41.3555 seconds to travel from Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra and arrive to us.

30 minutes and 41.3555 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra to Earth happens on Fri Jan 5 2057 at a distance of 1.153057 Astronomical Units, or 172,494,904 kilometers:

Fri Jan 5 2057

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

Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra is 20.30.


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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra, 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.8°
Max altitude: 50.7°
Azimuth: 282.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra at epoch 21 June 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457195.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.43978642
Orbit inclination i 15.83459608°
Perihelion distance q 2.44449882 AU
365,691,819 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.28252560 AU
939,852,455 km
Semi-major axis a 4.36351221 AU
652,772,137 km
Orbital period period 9.1151 years
3,329.2984 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2013-Feb-23 13:53:38
2,456,347.0789 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-06 21:03
2,459,676.3773 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 38.572040392439°
Longitude of the ascending node node 81.368493304164°
Mean anomaly M 91.740527664429°
Mean motion n 0.10813089°/day

Visualization of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 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 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra
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Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 274P/Tombaugh-Tenagra in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 28 11h 53m 48s +13° 24’ 48” 20.25 Leo
2022 Sep 29 11h 55m 27s +13° 14’ 53” 20.26 Leo
2022 Sep 30 11h 57m 07s +13° 05’ 02” 20.26 Leo
2022 Oct 01 11h 58m 48s +12° 55’ 10” 20.27 Virgo
2022 Oct 02 12h 00m 28s +12° 45’ 21” 20.28 Virgo
2022 Oct 03 12h 02m 07s +12° 35’ 35” 20.29 Virgo
2022 Oct 04 12h 03m 46s +12° 25’ 50” 20.29 Virgo
2022 Oct 05 12h 05m 25s +12° 16’ 08” 20.30 Virgo
2022 Oct 06 12h 07m 02s +12° 06’ 28” 20.31 Virgo
2022 Oct 07 12h 08m 40s +11° 56’ 49” 20.32 Virgo
2022 Oct 08 12h 10m 18s +11° 47’ 13” 20.32 Virgo
2022 Oct 09 12h 11m 57s +11° 37’ 40” 20.33 Virgo
2022 Oct 10 12h 13m 33s +11° 28’ 09” 20.34 Virgo
2022 Oct 11 12h 15m 11s +11° 18’ 41” 20.35 Virgo