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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 Serpens on June, 24 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 34m 04s
-00° 31’ 55”
 = 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: 90.5°
Max altitude: 38.0°
Azimuth: 269.5°

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 Jun 17 15.65 18h 39m 57s +03° 02’ 21” Serpens
2017 Jun 18 15.72 18h 39m 06s +02° 30’ 54” Serpens
2017 Jun 19 15.79 18h 38m 14s +01° 59’ 42” Serpens
2017 Jun 20 15.86 18h 37m 23s +01° 28’ 45” Serpens
2017 Jun 21 15.93 18h 36m 33s +00° 58’ 06” Serpens
2017 Jun 22 16.01 18h 35m 41s +00° 27’ 47” Serpens
2017 Jun 23 16.08 18h 34m 53s -00° 02’ 13” Serpens
2017 Jun 24 16.15 18h 34m 04s -00° 31’ 55” Serpens
2017 Jun 25 16.23 18h 33m 15s -01° 01’ 18” Serpens
2017 Jun 26 16.30 18h 32m 29s -01° 30’ 17” Serpens
2017 Jun 27 16.37 18h 31m 44s -01° 58’ 55” Serpens
2017 Jun 28 16.45 18h 30m 59s -02° 27’ 11” Serpens
2017 Jun 29 16.52 18h 30m 15s -02° 55’ 04” Serpens
2017 Jun 30 16.59 18h 29m 34s -03° 22’ 32” Serpens

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 08 March 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457821.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.66118678
Orbit inclination i 9.23025904°
Perihelion distance q 1.04505934 AU
156,338,653 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.12388150 AU
766,521,764 km
Semi-major axis a 3.08447042 AU
461,430,209 km
Orbital period period 5.4200 years
1,978.6517 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-12 18:00:51
2,457,856.2506 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Sep-12 09:39
2,459,834.9022 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 62.149520319567°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.07259486272°
Mean anomaly M 353.67740508215°
Mean motion n 0.18194208°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Mar-25
Distance of closest approach* 0.13459218 AU
20,134,703 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.