Comet 48P/Johnson is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 48P/Johnson is 07h 54m 37s and the Declination is +21° 16’ 19” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 48P/Johnson is 23.00 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 48P/Johnson [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 48P/Johnson is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 59° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 48P/Johnson is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 48P/Johnson rise and set times.
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Comet 48P/Johnson Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 48P/Johnson finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 48P/Johnson is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 48P/Johnson?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 48P/Johnson in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 48P/Johnson Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 48P/Johnson from Earth is currently 805,422,763 kilometers, equivalent to 5.383919 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 46.6012 seconds to travel from Comet 48P/Johnson and arrive to us.
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.
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 0.94887322 Astronomical Units, or 141,949,413 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 48P/Johnson brightness
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.
Comet 48P/Johnson rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.30250459 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2011-Sep-28 22:58:24
|Next perihelion transit||2018-Sep-10 17:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||207.82093153347°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||117.28940934889°|
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!
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.
|2020 Jul 30||07h 46m 59s||+21° 29’ 31”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Jul 31||07h 48m 02s||+21° 27’ 48”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 01||07h 49m 04s||+21° 26’ 03”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 02||07h 50m 04s||+21° 24’ 19”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 03||07h 51m 06s||+21° 22’ 32”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 04||07h 52m 09s||+21° 20’ 44”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 05||07h 53m 09s||+21° 18’ 56”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 06||07h 54m 11s||+21° 17’ 08”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 07||07h 55m 11s||+21° 15’ 17”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 08||07h 56m 12s||+21° 13’ 27”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 09||07h 57m 12s||+21° 11’ 36”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 10||07h 58m 13s||+21° 09’ 45”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 11||07h 59m 12s||+21° 07’ 51”||23.00||Gemini|
|2020 Aug 12||08h 00m 12s||+21° 05’ 58”||23.00||Gemini|