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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 Capricornus on December, 14 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 01m 24s
-17° 59’ 00”
 = 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: 108.0°
Max altitude: 20.5°
Azimuth: 252.0°

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 Dec 07 25.31 20h 51m 07s -18° 32’ 29” Capricornus
2017 Dec 08 25.34 20h 52m 36s -18° 27’ 51” Capricornus
2017 Dec 09 25.37 20h 54m 05s -18° 23’ 11” Capricornus
2017 Dec 10 25.40 20h 55m 32s -18° 18’ 28” Capricornus
2017 Dec 11 25.43 20h 57m 01s -18° 13’ 41” Capricornus
2017 Dec 12 25.46 20h 58m 28s -18° 08’ 51” Capricornus
2017 Dec 13 25.49 20h 59m 57s -18° 03’ 57” Capricornus
2017 Dec 14 25.53 21h 01m 24s -17° 59’ 00” Capricornus
2017 Dec 15 25.56 21h 02m 53s -17° 54’ 02” Capricornus
2017 Dec 16 25.59 21h 04m 21s -17° 49’ 00” Capricornus
2017 Dec 17 25.62 21h 05m 48s -17° 43’ 54” Capricornus
2017 Dec 18 25.64 21h 07m 15s -17° 38’ 45” Capricornus
2017 Dec 19 25.67 21h 08m 43s -17° 33’ 34” Capricornus
2017 Dec 20 25.70 21h 10m 10s -17° 28’ 22” Capricornus

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 0.66125071
Orbit inclination i 9.22913158°
Perihelion distance q 1.04504273 AU
156,336,168 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.12496412 AU
766,683,722 km
Semi-major axis a 3.08500343 AU
461,509,945 km
Orbital period period 5.4200 years
1,979.1646 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-12 18:03:14
2,457,856.2523 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Sep-12 22:00
2,459,835.4168 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 62.158585931066°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.0662859884°
Mean anomaly M 357.86232436266°
Mean motion n 0.18189493°/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.