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Comet 326P/Hill

Altitude: -27.8°   Azimuth: 296.9°   Direction: West-North-West

Comet 326P/Hill is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 326P/Hill is 23h 35m 28s and the Declination is -06° 39’ 47” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 326P/Hill is 19.56 (JPL).

23h 35m 28s
-06° 39’ 47”

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 326P/Hill from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 96.7°
Max altitude: 31.8°
Azimuth: 263.3°
  • 326P/Hill is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 326P/Hill is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 326P/Hill Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 326P/Hill 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 326P/Hill in Aquarius on September,24 2023
Map showing Comet 326P/Hill in Aquarius on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 326P/Hill
Map showing Comet 326P/Hill in Aquarius on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 326P/Hill is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 23h 35m 28s
Dec: -06° 39’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 326P/Hill
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 326P/Hill?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 326P/Hill in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 326P/Hill Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 326P/Hill from Earth is currently 274,096,612 kilometers, equivalent to 1.832223 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15 minutes and 14.2879 seconds to travel from Comet 326P/Hill and arrive to us.

15 minutes and 14.2879 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 326P/Hill 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 326P/Hill 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 326P/Hill from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 326P/Hill to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet 326P/Hill to Earth happens on Wed Oct 17 2063 at a distance of 1.493133 Astronomical Units, or 223,369,483 kilometers:

Wed Oct 17 2063

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

Comet 326P/Hill Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 326P/Hill, 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 326P/Hill as a function of time

Comet 326P/Hill Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 326P/Hill at epoch 02 July 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456476.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.31791029
Orbit inclination i 2.47065713°
Perihelion distance q 2.77798689 AU
415,580,925 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.36753084 AU
802,971,186 km
Semi-major axis a 4.07275887 AU
609,276,055 km
Orbital period period 8.2194 years
3,002.1437 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Oct-22 12:41:22
2,457,318.0287 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Jan-10 16:08
2,460,320.1724 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 278.86713797364°
Longitude of the ascending node node 99.817559022456°
Mean anomaly M 259.08865988415°
Mean motion n 0.11991431°/day

Visualization of Comet 326P/Hill Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 326P/Hill with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 326P/Hill 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 326P/Hill 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 326P/Hill computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 326P/Hill in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 17 23h 40m 05s -06° 08’ 58” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 18 23h 39m 26s -06° 13’ 19” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 19 23h 38m 48s -06° 17’ 38” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 20 23h 38m 11s -06° 21’ 54” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 21 23h 37m 32s -06° 26’ 07” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 22 23h 36m 56s -06° 30’ 16” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 23 23h 36m 18s -06° 34’ 23” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 24 23h 35m 40s -06° 38’ 25” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 25 23h 35m 03s -06° 42’ 23” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 26 23h 34m 27s -06° 46’ 15” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 27 23h 33m 51s -06° 50’ 04” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 28 23h 33m 15s -06° 53’ 48” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 29 23h 32m 39s -06° 57’ 25” 19.56 Aquarius
2023 Sep 30 23h 32m 04s -07° 00’ 59” 19.57 Aquarius