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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell 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 52P/Harrington-Abell in Capricornus on April, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 05m 45s
-22° 35’ 17”
29.57
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 112.6°
Max altitude: 15.9°
Azimuth: 247.4°

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 15 29.62 21h 03m 11s -22° 42’ 29” Capricornus
2018 Apr 16 29.61 21h 03m 35s -22° 41’ 20” Capricornus
2018 Apr 17 29.60 21h 03m 59s -22° 40’ 13” Capricornus
2018 Apr 18 29.60 21h 04m 21s -22° 39’ 08” Capricornus
2018 Apr 19 29.59 21h 04m 44s -22° 38’ 08” Capricornus
2018 Apr 20 29.58 21h 05m 04s -22° 37’ 08” Capricornus
2018 Apr 21 29.58 21h 05m 26s -22° 36’ 11” Capricornus
2018 Apr 22 29.57 21h 05m 45s -22° 35’ 17” Capricornus
2018 Apr 23 29.56 21h 06m 06s -22° 34’ 26” Capricornus
2018 Apr 24 29.56 21h 06m 24s -22° 33’ 37” Capricornus
2018 Apr 25 29.55 21h 06m 43s -22° 32’ 50” Capricornus
2018 Apr 26 29.54 21h 07m 01s -22° 32’ 07” Capricornus
2018 Apr 27 29.53 21h 07m 19s -22° 31’ 27” Capricornus
2018 Apr 28 29.53 21h 07m 36s -22° 30’ 47” Capricornus

Distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth

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

Distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

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 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2037-Jan-28
Distance of closest approach* 0.87840324 AU
131,407,255 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.