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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 December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
23h 33m 12s
-09° 45’ 21”
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29.76
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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.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 99.8°
Max altitude: 28.8°
Azimuth: 260.3°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 04 23h 31m 45s -10° 02’ 39” 29.64 Aquarius
2018 Dec 05 23h 31m 54s -10° 00’ 42” 29.66 Aquarius
2018 Dec 06 23h 32m 03s -09° 58’ 41” 29.67 Aquarius
2018 Dec 07 23h 32m 12s -09° 56’ 34” 29.69 Aquarius
2018 Dec 08 23h 32m 23s -09° 54’ 23” 29.70 Aquarius
2018 Dec 09 23h 32m 35s -09° 52’ 06” 29.72 Aquarius
2018 Dec 10 23h 32m 48s -09° 49’ 45” 29.73 Aquarius
2018 Dec 11 23h 33m 01s -09° 47’ 21” 29.74 Aquarius
2018 Dec 12 23h 33m 15s -09° 44’ 52” 29.76 Aquarius
2018 Dec 13 23h 33m 29s -09° 42’ 18” 29.77 Aquarius
2018 Dec 14 23h 33m 43s -09° 39’ 39” 29.79 Aquarius
2018 Dec 15 23h 34m 00s -09° 36’ 57” 29.80 Aquarius
2018 Dec 16 23h 34m 17s -09° 34’ 12” 29.81 Aquarius
2018 Dec 17 23h 34m 35s -09° 31’ 22” 29.83 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.