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Comet 32P/Comas Sola

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Comet 32P/Comas Sola Position

Comet 32P/Comas Sola is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 08m 20s and the Declination is -31° 16’ 27”.

19h 08m 20s
-31° 16’ 27”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 32P/Comas Sola is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 32P/Comas Sola in Sagittarius on September, 15 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 32P/Comas Sola is right now (view fullscreen)

32P/Comas Sola
RA: 19h 08m 20s
Dec: -31° 16’ 27”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 32P/Comas Sola
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Comet 32P/Comas Sola Distance

The distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola from Earth is currently 980,681,892 kilometers, equivalent to 6.555454 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 31.2027 seconds to travel from Comet 32P/Comas Sola and arrive to us.

54 minutes and 31.2027 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.

Distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 32P/Comas Sola to Earth happens on Sat Jan 14 2073 at a distance of 1.04969799 Astronomical Units, or 157,032,585 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

The current visual magnitude of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 22.69.


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 behvior 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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 32P/Comas Sola between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.3°
Max altitude: 7.2°
Azimuth: 238.7°
Comet 32P/Comas Sola is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 32P/Comas Sola touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 32P/Comas Sola at epoch 05 June 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455353.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55464858
Orbit inclination i 9.96851652°
Perihelion distance q 2.00856519 AU
300,477,077 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.01157083 AU
1,048,916,069 km
Semi-major axis a 4.51006801 AU
674,696,573 km
Orbital period period 9.5800 years
3,498.4290 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-19 16:49:16
2,456,950.2009 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-18 03:07
2,460,448.6299 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 53.306588488844°
Longitude of the ascending node node 57.843602768248°
Mean anomaly M 195.69415868455°
Mean motion n 0.10290333°/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
2019 Sep 08 19h 09m 21s -31° 22’ 14” 22.65 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 09 19h 09m 11s -31° 21’ 33” 22.66 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 10 19h 09m 02s -31° 20’ 51” 22.66 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 11 19h 08m 53s -31° 20’ 06” 22.67 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 12 19h 08m 44s -31° 19’ 21” 22.67 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 13 19h 08m 36s -31° 18’ 33” 22.68 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 14 19h 08m 30s -31° 17’ 44” 22.68 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 15 19h 08m 24s -31° 16’ 55” 22.69 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 16 19h 08m 17s -31° 16’ 05” 22.69 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 17 19h 08m 12s -31° 15’ 11” 22.70 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 18 19h 08m 08s -31° 14’ 18” 22.70 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 19 19h 08m 04s -31° 13’ 23” 22.71 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 20 19h 08m 02s -31° 12’ 28” 22.71 Sagittarius
2019 Sep 21 19h 07m 59s -31° 11’ 30” 22.72 Sagittarius