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Comet 48P/Johnson

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Comet 48P/Johnson Position

Comet 48P/Johnson is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 05h 38m 45s and the Declination is +18° 57’ 31”.

05h 38m 45s
+18° 57’ 31”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 48P/Johnson is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 48P/Johnson in Taurus on January, 23 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 48P/Johnson is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 05h 38m 45s
Dec: +18° 57’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 48P/Johnson
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Comet 48P/Johnson Distance

The distance of Comet 48P/Johnson from Earth is currently 452,217,967 kilometers, equivalent to 3.022890 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 8.4368 seconds to travel from Comet 48P/Johnson and arrive to us.

25 minutes and 8.4368 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 48P/Johnson 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 48P/Johnson 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 48P/Johnson from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 48P/Johnson to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 48P/Johnson to Earth happens on Wed Aug 30 2084 at a distance of 0.94887323 Astronomical Units, or 141,949,414 kilometers:

Wed Aug 30 2084

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 48P/Johnson brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 48P/Johnson is 20.92.


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 48P/Johnson, 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 48P/Johnson between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 48P/Johnson 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 48P/Johnson rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 71.0°
Max altitude: 57.5°
Azimuth: 289.0°
Comet 48P/Johnson is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 48P/Johnson 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 48P/Johnson Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 48P/Johnson at epoch 13 January 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455210.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.36780792
Orbit inclination i 13.66072399°
Perihelion distance q 2.30250459 AU
344,449,785 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.98168848 AU
745,249,990 km
Semi-major axis a 3.64209654 AU
544,849,888 km
Orbital period period 6.9500 years
2,538.7831 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Sep-28 22:58:24
2,455,833.4572 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Sep-10 17:46
2,458,372.2404 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 207.82093153347°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.28940934889°
Mean anomaly M 271.66452960162°
Mean motion n 0.14180022°/day

Visualization of Comet 48P/Johnson Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 48P/Johnson with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 48P/Johnson 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 48P/Johnson
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Comet 48P/Johnson 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 48P/Johnson computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 48P/Johnson in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 16 05h 42m 53s +18° 40’ 00” 20.81 Taurus
2020 Jan 17 05h 42m 16s +18° 42’ 20” 20.82 Taurus
2020 Jan 18 05h 41m 40s +18° 44’ 42” 20.84 Taurus
2020 Jan 19 05h 41m 05s +18° 47’ 03” 20.85 Taurus
2020 Jan 20 05h 40m 32s +18° 49’ 23” 20.87 Taurus
2020 Jan 21 05h 40m 00s +18° 51’ 46” 20.88 Taurus
2020 Jan 22 05h 39m 28s +18° 54’ 07” 20.90 Taurus
2020 Jan 23 05h 38m 57s +18° 56’ 30” 20.91 Taurus
2020 Jan 24 05h 38m 29s +18° 58’ 51” 20.93 Taurus
2020 Jan 25 05h 37m 59s +19° 01’ 14” 20.94 Taurus
2020 Jan 26 05h 37m 32s +19° 03’ 38” 20.96 Taurus
2020 Jan 27 05h 37m 06s +19° 06’ 00” 20.97 Taurus
2020 Jan 28 05h 36m 42s +19° 08’ 24” 20.99 Taurus
2020 Jan 29 05h 36m 19s +19° 10’ 46” 21.01 Taurus