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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Aquarius on March, 18 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 06m 51s
-08° 21’ 29”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 98.4°
Max altitude: 30.2°
Azimuth: 261.6°

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
View Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Mar 11 27.45 22h 58m 38s -09° 05’ 15” Aquarius
2018 Mar 12 27.47 22h 59m 49s -08° 58’ 55” Aquarius
2018 Mar 13 27.48 23h 01m 00s -08° 52’ 38” Aquarius
2018 Mar 14 27.50 23h 02m 12s -08° 46’ 22” Aquarius
2018 Mar 15 27.51 23h 03m 21s -08° 40’ 06” Aquarius
2018 Mar 16 27.53 23h 04m 32s -08° 33’ 53” Aquarius
2018 Mar 17 27.54 23h 05m 41s -08° 27’ 41” Aquarius
2018 Mar 18 27.55 23h 06m 51s -08° 21’ 29” Aquarius
2018 Mar 19 27.57 23h 07m 59s -08° 15’ 20” Aquarius
2018 Mar 20 27.58 23h 09m 08s -08° 09’ 11” Aquarius
2018 Mar 21 27.60 23h 10m 18s -08° 03’ 05” Aquarius
2018 Mar 22 27.61 23h 11m 26s -07° 57’ 00” Aquarius
2018 Mar 23 27.62 23h 12m 33s -07° 50’ 56” Aquarius
2018 Mar 24 27.64 23h 13m 41s -07° 44’ 53” Aquarius

Distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at epoch 31 March 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457844.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.66125069
Orbit inclination i 9.22913170°
Perihelion distance q 1.04504274 AU
156,336,169 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.12496382 AU
766,683,677 km
Semi-major axis a 3.08500328 AU
461,509,923 km
Orbital period period 5.4200 years
1,979.1644 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-12 18:03:14
2,457,856.2523 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Sep-12 21:59
2,459,835.4167 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 62.158585217405°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.06628621023°
Mean anomaly M 357.86232425359°
Mean motion n 0.18189494°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Apr-01
Distance of closest approach* 0.14199627 AU
21,242,340 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.