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Comet 51P/Harrington

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Comet 51P/Harrington Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 51P/Harrington is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 51P/Harrington in Virgo on February, 19 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
11h 57m 18s
+07° 18’ 45”

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.

Comet 51P/Harrington Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 51P/Harrington rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 82.7°
Max altitude: 45.8°
Azimuth: 277.3°

Comet 51P/Harrington Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 51P/Harrington computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 51P/Harrington in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Feb 12 12h 00m 34s +06° 51’ 44” 27.19 Virgo
2019 Feb 13 12h 00m 11s +06° 55’ 06” 27.19 Virgo
2019 Feb 14 11h 59m 48s +06° 58’ 31” 27.18 Virgo
2019 Feb 15 11h 59m 22s +07° 01’ 56” 27.18 Virgo
2019 Feb 16 11h 58m 58s +07° 05’ 26” 27.18 Virgo
2019 Feb 17 11h 58m 32s +07° 08’ 56” 27.17 Virgo
2019 Feb 18 11h 58m 05s +07° 12’ 29” 27.17 Virgo
2019 Feb 19 11h 57m 38s +07° 16’ 03” 27.17 Virgo
2019 Feb 20 11h 57m 11s +07° 19’ 38” 27.16 Virgo
2019 Feb 21 11h 56m 44s +07° 23’ 16” 27.16 Virgo
2019 Feb 22 11h 56m 17s +07° 26’ 54” 27.16 Virgo
2019 Feb 23 11h 55m 47s +07° 30’ 35” 27.16 Virgo
2019 Feb 24 11h 55m 18s +07° 34’ 17” 27.15 Virgo
2019 Feb 25 11h 54m 50s +07° 37’ 59” 27.15 Virgo

Distance of Comet 51P/Harrington from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 51P/Harrington from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 51P/Harrington is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 51P/Harrington from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 51P/Harrington

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 51P/Harrington, 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 51P/Harrington between January 2013 and December 2075