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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux

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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Position

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 14h 04m 43s and the Declination is +05° 14’ 22”.

14h 04m 43s
+05° 14’ 22”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux in Virgo on August, 21 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 14h 04m 43s
Dec: +05° 14’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux
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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Distance

The distance of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux from Earth is currently 608,198,378 kilometers, equivalent to 4.065555 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 48.7314 seconds to travel from Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 48.7314 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux to Earth happens on Sat Dec 27 2031 at a distance of 0.55950377 Astronomical Units, or 83,700,573 kilometers:

Sat Dec 27 2031

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

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux is 21.74.


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 49P/Arend-Rigaux, 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 84.8°
Max altitude: 43.7°
Azimuth: 275.1°
Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux at epoch 17 June 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455730.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.60048758
Orbit inclination i 19.04977326°
Perihelion distance q 1.42380303 AU
212,997,902 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.70390038 AU
853,291,353 km
Semi-major axis a 3.56385171 AU
533,144,628 km
Orbital period period 6.7300 years
2,457.4114 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Oct-19 01:45:20
2,455,853.5731 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Jul-11 11:37
2,458,310.9845 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 332.78227811217°
Longitude of the ascending node node 118.88387627495°
Mean anomaly M 341.97032289971°
Mean motion n 0.14649562°/day

Visualization of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux
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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Aug 14 13h 58m 59s +06° 14’ 44” 21.61 Virgo
2019 Aug 15 13h 59m 44s +06° 06’ 21” 21.63 Virgo
2019 Aug 16 14h 00m 32s +05° 57’ 59” 21.65 Virgo
2019 Aug 17 14h 01m 18s +05° 49’ 37” 21.67 Virgo
2019 Aug 18 14h 02m 06s +05° 41’ 17” 21.68 Virgo
2019 Aug 19 14h 02m 53s +05° 32’ 59” 21.70 Virgo
2019 Aug 20 14h 03m 42s +05° 24’ 42” 21.72 Virgo
2019 Aug 21 14h 04m 31s +05° 16’ 27” 21.73 Virgo
2019 Aug 22 14h 05m 20s +05° 08’ 13” 21.75 Virgo
2019 Aug 23 14h 06m 08s +05° 00’ 02” 21.77 Virgo
2019 Aug 24 14h 06m 59s +04° 51’ 51” 21.78 Virgo
2019 Aug 25 14h 07m 49s +04° 43’ 42” 21.80 Virgo
2019 Aug 26 14h 08m 39s +04° 35’ 35” 21.82 Virgo
2019 Aug 27 14h 09m 29s +04° 27’ 29” 21.83 Virgo