Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma is 14h 37m 31s and the Declination is -04° 24’ 59” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma is 25.46 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 38P/Stephan-Oterma is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 38P/Stephan-Oterma is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 38P/Stephan-Oterma rise and set times.
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Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma from Earth is currently 1,467,781,797 kilometers, equivalent to 9.811515 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 21 minutes and 35.9931 seconds to travel from Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma 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.
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 38P/Stephan-Oterma from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma to Earth happens on Mon Dec 17 2018 at a distance of 0.765727 Astronomical Units, or 114,551,111 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma brightness
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 38P/Stephan-Oterma, 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.
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.58850505 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Nov-10 23:41:46
|Next perihelion transit||2056-Oct-16 00:50
|Argument of perihelion||peri||359.58867655349°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||78.000364192787°|
Visualization of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma 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 38P/Stephan-Oterma 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Oct 11||14h 34m 17s||-04° 04’ 41”||25.43||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 12||14h 34m 42s||-04° 07’ 28”||25.43||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 13||14h 35m 08s||-04° 10’ 14”||25.44||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 14||14h 35m 35s||-04° 12’ 59”||25.44||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 15||14h 36m 01s||-04° 15’ 42”||25.45||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 16||14h 36m 26s||-04° 18’ 27”||25.45||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 17||14h 36m 52s||-04° 21’ 09”||25.45||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 18||14h 37m 19s||-04° 23’ 49”||25.46||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 19||14h 37m 45s||-04° 26’ 30”||25.46||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 20||14h 38m 12s||-04° 29’ 09”||25.47||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 21||14h 38m 39s||-04° 31’ 48”||25.47||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 22||14h 39m 06s||-04° 34’ 26”||25.48||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 23||14h 39m 32s||-04° 37’ 01”||25.48||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 24||14h 39m 59s||-04° 39’ 38”||25.49||Virgo|