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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Position

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 22h 19m 57s and the Declination is -12° 54’ 03”.

22h 19m 57s
-12° 54’ 03”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in Aquarius on July, 22 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 22h 19m 57s
Dec: -12° 54’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell
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Also check out Where is Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Distance

The distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth is currently 641,012,381 kilometers, equivalent to 4.284903 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35 minutes and 38.1871 seconds to travel from Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell and arrive to us.

35 minutes and 38.1871 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell to Earth happens on Wed Jan 28 2037 at a distance of 0.87840324 Astronomical Units, or 131,407,255 kilometers:

Wed Jan 28 2037

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

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is 27.55.


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 52P/Harrington-Abell, 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 52P/Harrington-Abell between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.9°
Max altitude: 25.6°
Azimuth: 257.1°
Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell at epoch 19 November 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456981.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54038911
Orbit inclination i 10.23159989°
Perihelion distance q 1.77310973 AU
265,253,441 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.94258966 AU
888,998,761 km
Semi-major axis a 3.85784970 AU
577,126,101 km
Orbital period period 7.5800 years
2,767.6832 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Mar-07 11:58:10
2,456,723.9987 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Oct-04 04:22
2,459,491.6820 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 139.59844231276°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.85163748745°
Mean anomaly M 33.493882136042°
Mean motion n 0.13007269°/day

Visualization of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell
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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jul 15 22h 23m 02s -12° 40’ 05” 27.63 Aquarius
2019 Jul 16 22h 22m 39s -12° 41’ 47” 27.62 Aquarius
2019 Jul 17 22h 22m 15s -12° 43’ 32” 27.61 Aquarius
2019 Jul 18 22h 21m 52s -12° 45’ 19” 27.60 Aquarius
2019 Jul 19 22h 21m 29s -12° 47’ 08” 27.59 Aquarius
2019 Jul 20 22h 21m 03s -12° 49’ 03” 27.58 Aquarius
2019 Jul 21 22h 20m 38s -12° 50’ 58” 27.57 Aquarius
2019 Jul 22 22h 20m 12s -12° 52’ 58” 27.56 Aquarius
2019 Jul 23 22h 19m 45s -12° 55’ 00” 27.55 Aquarius
2019 Jul 24 22h 19m 17s -12° 57’ 05” 27.53 Aquarius
2019 Jul 25 22h 18m 48s -12° 59’ 12” 27.52 Aquarius
2019 Jul 26 22h 18m 20s -13° 01’ 22” 27.51 Aquarius
2019 Jul 27 22h 17m 50s -13° 03’ 33” 27.50 Aquarius
2019 Jul 28 22h 17m 21s -13° 05’ 48” 27.49 Aquarius