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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 Ursa Major on March, 29 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
12h 34m 54s
+62° 48’ 11”
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 = 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

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 00:08 UTC (altitude: 78.7°)

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
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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
2017 Mar 22 9.15 11h 07m 28s +54° 51’ 51” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 23 9.09 11h 16m 59s +56° 12’ 00” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 24 9.03 11h 27m 24s +57° 29’ 26” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 25 8.98 11h 38m 48s +58° 43’ 27” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 26 8.93 11h 51m 14s +59° 53’ 12” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 27 8.88 12h 04m 44s +60° 57’ 50” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 28 8.84 12h 19m 18s +61° 56’ 27” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 29 8.80 12h 34m 54s +62° 48’ 11” Ursa Major
2017 Mar 30 8.77 12h 51m 30s +63° 32’ 08” Draco
2017 Mar 31 8.74 13h 08m 57s +64° 07’ 31” Draco
2017 Apr 01 8.71 13h 27m 05s +64° 33’ 43” Draco
2017 Apr 02 8.69 13h 45m 39s +64° 50’ 20” Draco
2017 Apr 03 8.68 14h 04m 24s +64° 57’ 05” Draco
2017 Apr 04 8.66 14h 23m 05s +64° 54’ 03” Draco

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 January 2035

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 January 2035

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at epoch 27 November 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457720.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.66108079
Orbit inclination i 9.22924429°
Perihelion distance q 1.04505555 AU
156,338,086 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.12193367 AU
766,230,373 km
Semi-major axis a 3.08349461 AU
461,284,229 km
Orbital period period 5.4100 years
1,977.7128 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-12 17:35:16
2,457,856.2328 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 62.141884311087°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.07151512832°
Mean anomaly M 335.29276225451°
Mean motion n 0.18202846°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Apr-01
Distance of closest approach* 0.14192148 AU
21,231,152 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2035-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.