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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Position

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension is 01h 23m 16s and the Declination is -01° 45’ 36”.

01h 23m 16s
-01° 45’ 36”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Cetus on October, 16 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is right now (view fullscreen)

41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
RA: 01h 23m 16s
Dec: -01° 45’ 36”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Distance

The distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth is currently 616,440,312 kilometers, equivalent to 4.120649 Astronomical Units. Light takes 34 minutes and 16.2235 seconds to travel from Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and arrive to us.

616,440,312
4.120649
34 minutes and 16.2235 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak to Earth happens on Sat Apr 1 2017 at a distance of 0.14199627 Astronomical Units, or 21,242,340 kilometers:

Sat Apr 1 2017
21,242,340
0.141996

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

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is 30.41.

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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 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 2100

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.8°
Max altitude: 36.7°
Azimuth: 268.2°
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 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

Visualization of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Orbit

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
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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 09 01h 28m 00s -01° 14’ 39” 30.40 Cetus
2019 Oct 10 01h 27m 20s -01° 19’ 02” 30.40 Cetus
2019 Oct 11 01h 26m 42s -01° 23’ 23” 30.40 Cetus
2019 Oct 12 01h 26m 03s -01° 27’ 42” 30.40 Cetus
2019 Oct 13 01h 25m 23s -01° 31’ 59” 30.40 Cetus
2019 Oct 14 01h 24m 43s -01° 36’ 14” 30.41 Cetus
2019 Oct 15 01h 24m 05s -01° 40’ 26” 30.41 Cetus
2019 Oct 16 01h 23m 26s -01° 44’ 35” 30.41 Cetus
2019 Oct 17 01h 22m 45s -01° 48’ 41” 30.41 Cetus
2019 Oct 18 01h 22m 06s -01° 52’ 44” 30.41 Cetus
2019 Oct 19 01h 21m 28s -01° 56’ 43” 30.42 Cetus
2019 Oct 20 01h 20m 48s -02° 00’ 39” 30.42 Cetus
2019 Oct 21 01h 20m 09s -02° 04’ 32” 30.42 Cetus
2019 Oct 22 01h 19m 31s -02° 08’ 21” 30.42 Cetus