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🌅 Sunrise: 6:36  ☀️ Transit: 13:02  🌅 Sunset: 19:29

Comet 34D/Gale (Lost)

Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) is 07h 06m 10s and the Declination is +31° 19’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) is 32.82 (JPL).

07h 06m 10s
+31° 19’ 50”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 58.7°
Max altitude: 69.8°
Azimuth: 301.3°
  • 34D/Gale (Lost) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Given its current magnitude, 34D/Gale (Lost) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) 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 34D/Gale (Lost) in Gemini on April, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) in Gemini on April, 01 2023
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 34D/Gale (Lost) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

34D/Gale (Lost)
RA: 07h 06m 10s
Dec: +31° 19’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 34D/Gale (Lost)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 34D/Gale (Lost)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) from Earth is currently 1,154,922,751 kilometers, equivalent to 7.720182 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 4 minutes and 12.4076 seconds to travel from Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 4 minutes and 12.4076 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) 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 34D/Gale (Lost) 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 34D/Gale (Lost) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) to Earth happens on Fri Jun 5 2071 at a distance of 0.288714 Astronomical Units, or 43,191,074 kilometers:

Fri Jun 5 2071

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

Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) is 32.82.


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 34D/Gale (Lost), 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 34D/Gale (Lost) as a function of time

Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) at epoch 01 January 1970 00:00 UTC (JD: 2429080.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.76071900
Orbit inclination i 11.72810000°
Perihelion distance q 1.18290700 AU
176,960,369 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.70427170 AU
1,302,140,515 km
Semi-major axis a 4.94358930 AU
739,550,434 km
Orbital period period 11.0000 years
4,017.7500 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1938-Jun-18 11:35:48
2,429,067.9832 JD
Next perihelion transit 1949-Jun-18 05:35
2,433,085.7332 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.1572°
Longitude of the ascending node node 67.9235°
Mean anomaly M 1.1223642°
Mean motion n 0.08966860°/day

Visualization of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) 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 34D/Gale (Lost)
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Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 34D/Gale (Lost) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 25 07h 06m 06s +31° 27’ 09” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 26 07h 06m 05s +31° 26’ 12” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 27 07h 06m 05s +31° 25’ 14” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 28 07h 06m 05s +31° 24’ 15” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 29 07h 06m 05s +31° 23’ 14” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 30 07h 06m 06s +31° 22’ 14” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Mar 31 07h 06m 07s +31° 21’ 12” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Apr 01 07h 06m 10s +31° 20’ 09” 32.82 Gemini
2023 Apr 02 07h 06m 12s +31° 19’ 06” 32.83 Gemini
2023 Apr 03 07h 06m 15s +31° 18’ 03” 32.83 Gemini
2023 Apr 04 07h 06m 20s +31° 16’ 59” 32.83 Gemini
2023 Apr 05 07h 06m 24s +31° 15’ 54” 32.83 Gemini
2023 Apr 06 07h 06m 29s +31° 14’ 48” 32.83 Gemini
2023 Apr 07 07h 06m 36s +31° 13’ 41” 32.83 Gemini