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Comet 327P/Van Ness

Altitude: 29.8°   Azimuth: 185.7°   Direction: South

Comet 327P/Van Ness is currently in the constellation of Hydra, at a distance of 512,767,477 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 327P/Van Ness in Hydra on March,04 2024
Map showing Comet 327P/Van Ness in Hydra on March, 04 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet 327P/Van Ness is 08h 52m 08s and the Declination is -08° 32’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 327P/Van Ness is 27.43 (JPL).

08h 52m 08s
-08° 32’ 03”

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 327P/Van Ness from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.6°
Max altitude: 30.0°
Azimuth: 261.3°
  • 327P/Van Ness is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 30° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 327P/Van Ness is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet 327P/Van Ness Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 327P/Van Ness
Map showing Comet 327P/Van Ness in Hydra on March, 04 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 327P/Van Ness is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

327P/Van Ness
RA: 08h 52m 08s
Dec: -08° 32’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 327P/Van Ness
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 327P/Van Ness?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 327P/Van Ness in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 327P/Van Ness Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 327P/Van Ness from Earth is currently 512,767,477 kilometers, equivalent to 3.427639 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 30.4082 seconds to travel from Comet 327P/Van Ness and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 30.4082 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 327P/Van Ness 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 327P/Van Ness 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 327P/Van Ness from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 327P/Van Ness to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 327P/Van Ness to Earth happens on Thu Sep 18 2042 at a distance of 0.571655 Astronomical Units, or 85,518,393 kilometers:

Thu Sep 18 2042

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

Comet 327P/Van Ness Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 327P/Van Ness, 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 327P/Van Ness as a function of time

Comet 327P/Van Ness Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 327P/Van Ness at epoch 19 September 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459112.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.56282486
Orbit inclination i 36.24500210°
Perihelion distance q 1.55756740 AU
233,008,767 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.56803175 AU
832,965,695 km
Semi-major axis a 3.56279957 AU
532,987,231 km
Orbital period period 6.7250 years
2,456.3232 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Sep-02 13:38:18
2,459,825.0683 JD
Next perihelion transit 2029-May-24 21:23
2,462,281.3915 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 185.02173846881°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.97424873127°
Mean anomaly M 255.56562589307°
Mean motion n 0.14656052°/day

Visualization of Comet 327P/Van Ness Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 327P/Van Ness with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 327P/Van Ness 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 327P/Van Ness
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Comet 327P/Van Ness 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 327P/Van Ness computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 327P/Van Ness in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 26 08h 56m 30s -09° 43’ 27” 27.32 Hydra
2024 Feb 27 08h 55m 54s -09° 34’ 36” 27.34 Hydra
2024 Feb 28 08h 55m 19s -09° 25’ 41” 27.35 Hydra
2024 Feb 29 08h 54m 46s -09° 16’ 42” 27.36 Hydra
2024 Mar 01 08h 54m 11s -09° 07’ 42” 27.37 Hydra
2024 Mar 02 08h 53m 39s -08° 58’ 40” 27.39 Hydra
2024 Mar 03 08h 53m 07s -08° 49’ 36” 27.40 Hydra
2024 Mar 04 08h 52m 36s -08° 40’ 28” 27.41 Hydra
2024 Mar 05 08h 52m 05s -08° 31’ 22” 27.43 Hydra
2024 Mar 06 08h 51m 37s -08° 22’ 13” 27.44 Hydra
2024 Mar 07 08h 51m 07s -08° 13’ 02” 27.46 Hydra
2024 Mar 08 08h 50m 39s -08° 03’ 52” 27.47 Hydra
2024 Mar 09 08h 50m 12s -07° 54’ 42” 27.48 Hydra
2024 Mar 10 08h 49m 46s -07° 45’ 32” 27.50 Hydra