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Comet 48P/Johnson

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Comet 48P/Johnson Position

Comet 48P/Johnson is currently in the constellation of Orion. The current Right Ascension is 06h 19m 17s and the Declination is +16° 50’ 33”.

06h 19m 17s
+16° 50’ 33”

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

Map showing Comet 48P/Johnson in Orion on September, 15 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 48P/Johnson is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 06h 19m 17s
Dec: +16° 50’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 48P/Johnson
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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

The distance of Comet 48P/Johnson from Earth is currently 512,191,043 kilometers, equivalent to 3.423786 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 28.4854 seconds to travel from Comet 48P/Johnson and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 28.4854 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 0.94888188 Astronomical Units, or 141,950,710 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 20.29.


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 behvior 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: 73.2°
Max altitude: 55.4°
Azimuth: 286.8°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 02 January 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455199.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.36780539
Orbit inclination i 13.66074865°
Perihelion distance q 2.30255587 AU
344,457,457 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.98177033 AU
745,262,235 km
Semi-major axis a 3.64216310 AU
544,859,846 km
Orbital period period 6.9500 years
2,538.8527 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Sep-28 22:47:43
2,455,833.4498 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Sep-10 19:15
2,458,372.3026 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 207.81755576534°
Longitude of the ascending node node 117.2899744583°
Mean anomaly M 270.1082438264°
Mean motion n 0.14179633°/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
2019 Sep 08 06h 13m 22s +16° 53’ 38” 20.27 Orion
2019 Sep 09 06h 14m 11s +16° 53’ 17” 20.27 Orion
2019 Sep 10 06h 15m 00s +16° 52’ 54” 20.27 Orion
2019 Sep 11 06h 15m 47s +16° 52’ 31” 20.28 Orion
2019 Sep 12 06h 16m 33s +16° 52’ 06” 20.28 Orion
2019 Sep 13 06h 17m 20s +16° 51’ 42” 20.28 Orion
2019 Sep 14 06h 18m 06s +16° 51’ 15” 20.28 Orion
2019 Sep 15 06h 18m 50s +16° 50’ 49” 20.28 Orion
2019 Sep 16 06h 19m 32s +16° 50’ 22” 20.29 Orion
2019 Sep 17 06h 20m 16s +16° 49’ 54” 20.29 Orion
2019 Sep 18 06h 20m 57s +16° 49’ 27” 20.29 Orion
2019 Sep 19 06h 21m 38s +16° 48’ 59” 20.29 Orion
2019 Sep 20 06h 22m 18s +16° 48’ 29” 20.29 Orion
2019 Sep 21 06h 22m 55s +16° 48’ 01” 20.29 Orion