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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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Comet 32P/Comas Sola

Altitude: 48.9°   Azimuth: 113.0°   Direction: East-South-East

Comet 32P/Comas Sola is currently in the constellation of Taurus, at a distance of 302,359,004 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 32P/Comas Sola in Taurus on February,29 2024
Map showing Comet 32P/Comas Sola in Taurus on February, 29 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 03h 42m 42s and the Declination is +25° 24’ 02” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 15.41 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 15.4 (COBS).

03h 42m 42s
+25° 24’ 02”

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 32P/Comas Sola from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 64.6°
Max altitude: 63.9°
Azimuth: 295.3°
  • 32P/Comas Sola is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 49° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 32P/Comas Sola is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.
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Additional Resources

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 32P/Comas Sola
Map showing Comet 32P/Comas Sola in Taurus on February, 29 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 32P/Comas Sola is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

32P/Comas Sola
RA: 03h 42m 42s
Dec: +25° 24’ 02”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 32P/Comas Sola
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 32P/Comas Sola?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 32P/Comas Sola in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola from Earth is currently 302,359,004 kilometers, equivalent to 2.021145 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 48.5611 seconds to travel from Comet 32P/Comas Sola and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 48.5611 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 32P/Comas Sola to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 32P/Comas Sola to Earth happens on Sat Jan 14 2073 at a distance of 1.049551 Astronomical Units, or 157,010,593 kilometers:

Sat Jan 14 2073

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

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 32P/Comas Sola, 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 32P/Comas Sola as a function of time

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 32P/Comas Sola at epoch 31 May 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455348.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55464744
Orbit inclination i 9.96850280°
Perihelion distance q 2.00856896 AU
300,477,640 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.01156085 AU
1,048,914,576 km
Semi-major axis a 4.51006490 AU
674,696,108 km
Orbital period period 9.5782 years
3,498.4254 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-19 17:15:20
2,456,950.2190 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-18 03:27
2,460,448.6444 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 53.307417512596°
Longitude of the ascending node node 57.84347111095°
Mean anomaly M 195.17760852446°
Mean motion n 0.10290344°/day

Visualization of Comet 32P/Comas Sola Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 32P/Comas Sola with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola
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Comet 32P/Comas Sola 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 32P/Comas Sola computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 32P/Comas Sola in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 22 03h 29m 44s +24° 25’ 55” 15.36 Taurus
2024 Feb 23 03h 31m 23s +24° 33’ 39” 15.37 Taurus
2024 Feb 24 03h 33m 02s +24° 41’ 21” 15.37 Taurus
2024 Feb 25 03h 34m 42s +24° 49’ 04” 15.38 Taurus
2024 Feb 26 03h 36m 24s +24° 56’ 44” 15.38 Taurus
2024 Feb 27 03h 38m 08s +25° 04’ 23” 15.39 Taurus
2024 Feb 28 03h 39m 52s +25° 11’ 59” 15.40 Taurus
2024 Feb 29 03h 41m 39s +25° 19’ 35” 15.40 Taurus
2024 Mar 01 03h 43m 26s +25° 27’ 07” 15.41 Taurus
2024 Mar 02 03h 45m 14s +25° 34’ 39” 15.41 Taurus
2024 Mar 03 03h 47m 03s +25° 42’ 07” 15.42 Taurus
2024 Mar 04 03h 48m 55s +25° 49’ 33” 15.42 Taurus
2024 Mar 05 03h 50m 47s +25° 56’ 57” 15.43 Taurus
2024 Mar 06 03h 52m 40s +26° 04’ 17” 15.43 Taurus