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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is 02h 46m 17s and the Declination is +04° 09’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is 29.75 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak [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]:

02h 46m 17s
+04° 09’ 34”
Cetus
29.75
  • 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 19° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak rise and set times.
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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Cetus on October, 25 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Cetus on October, 25 2020
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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
RA: 02h 46m 17s
Dec: +04° 09’ 34”
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 from Earth

The distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth is currently 569,490,436 kilometers, equivalent to 3.806808 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 39.6156 seconds to travel from Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and arrive to us.

569,490,436
3.806808
31 minutes and 39.6156 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 0.141996 Astronomical Units, or 21,242,345 kilometers:

Sat Apr 1 2017
21,242,345
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 29.75.

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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 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 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: 85.8°
Max altitude: 42.7°
Azimuth: 274.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 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 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
2020 Oct 18 02h 51m 34s +04° 41’ 08” 29.80 Cetus
2020 Oct 19 02h 50m 56s +04° 37’ 02” 29.80 Cetus
2020 Oct 20 02h 50m 17s +04° 32’ 58” 29.79 Cetus
2020 Oct 21 02h 49m 36s +04° 28’ 55” 29.78 Cetus
2020 Oct 22 02h 48m 56s +04° 24’ 54” 29.78 Cetus
2020 Oct 23 02h 48m 15s +04° 20’ 53” 29.77 Cetus
2020 Oct 24 02h 47m 34s +04° 16’ 54” 29.76 Cetus
2020 Oct 25 02h 46m 51s +04° 12’ 55” 29.76 Cetus
2020 Oct 26 02h 46m 10s +04° 08’ 57” 29.75 Cetus
2020 Oct 27 02h 45m 28s +04° 05’ 03” 29.74 Cetus
2020 Oct 28 02h 44m 45s +04° 01’ 09” 29.74 Cetus
2020 Oct 29 02h 44m 03s +03° 57’ 19” 29.73 Cetus
2020 Oct 30 02h 43m 21s +03° 53’ 30” 29.73 Cetus
2020 Oct 31 02h 42m 38s +03° 49’ 42” 29.72 Cetus