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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

Altitude: -3.5°   Azimuth: 264.1°   Direction: West

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is currently in the constellation of Aquarius, at a distance of 788,348,868 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Aquarius on February,29 2024
Map showing Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Aquarius on February, 29 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is 23h 46m 15s and the Declination is -06° 24’ 32” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is 29.71 (JPL).

23h 46m 15s
-06° 24’ 32”
Aquarius
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29.71

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 96.5°
Max altitude: 32.1°
Azimuth: 263.6°
  • 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
Map showing Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak in Aquarius on February, 29 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 23h 46m 15s
Dec: -06° 24’ 32”
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 788,348,868 kilometers, equivalent to 5.269787 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 49.6488 seconds to travel from Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and arrive to us.

788,348,868
5.269787
43 minutes and 49.6488 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak as a function of time

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 5.4187 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
2024 Feb 22 23h 39m 16s -07° 07’ 36” 29.63 Aquarius
2024 Feb 23 23h 40m 09s -07° 02’ 03” 29.64 Aquarius
2024 Feb 24 23h 41m 03s -06° 56’ 31” 29.65 Aquarius
2024 Feb 25 23h 41m 57s -06° 50’ 59” 29.66 Aquarius
2024 Feb 26 23h 42m 51s -06° 45’ 28” 29.67 Aquarius
2024 Feb 27 23h 43m 45s -06° 39’ 56” 29.68 Aquarius
2024 Feb 28 23h 44m 39s -06° 34’ 24” 29.69 Aquarius
2024 Feb 29 23h 45m 33s -06° 28’ 53” 29.70 Aquarius
2024 Mar 01 23h 46m 27s -06° 23’ 21” 29.71 Aquarius
2024 Mar 02 23h 47m 21s -06° 17’ 51” 29.72 Aquarius
2024 Mar 03 23h 48m 15s -06° 12’ 20” 29.73 Aquarius
2024 Mar 04 23h 49m 09s -06° 06’ 51” 29.74 Aquarius
2024 Mar 05 23h 50m 03s -06° 01’ 20” 29.75 Aquarius
2024 Mar 06 23h 50m 57s -05° 55’ 51” 29.76 Aquarius